The Old Fashioned Way

Synopsis: The Great McGonigle's traveling theatrical troupe are staying at a boarding house. They are preparing to put on a production of "The Drunkard" (and do so during this movie). Cleopatra Pepperday puts up money for the show provided she can have a part ("Here comes the prince!"). Little Albert Wendelschaffer torments McGonigle all through lunch ("How can you hurt a watch by dipping it in molasses?"). In spite of being pursued by several sheriffs, McGonigle is able to keep going and see his daughter Betty happily married.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): William Beaudine
Production: Paramount Pictures
71 min

Is the show troupe on board? Yes.

Which car? | This car, here.

Well, wait a minute. | They'll all be off.

Is this the McGonigle | Repertory Troupe?


Where is the Great McGonigle?

He isn't here, | but I'm his daughter.

Has anything happened?

Not yet.

But I have something here | I'd like to give him.

I'll see that he gets it.

Not on your tintype. | That's my job.

Well, jail can't be | any worse than this.

The best thing | this troupe does

is to get out of town just | one jump ahead of the Sheriff.

Yeah, and I can't jump | like I used to.

What's wrong? | What did he do?

It ain't what he did do, | it's what he didn't do.

Snuck out | of his boarding house.

Didn't pay his board bill, | didn't pay nothing.


Are you McGonigle? | No.

Pardon me, | just a little lung trouble.

That's enough of that.

Are you | the Great McGonigle?

I am, sir, yes.

Then I have something | to give you. There.

Thank you very much.


Just what I've been | waiting for. I thank you.

Thanks for the light.

Good evening, | my happy little family.

How are my little children | of the theater?

Mr. McGonigle, | I've got to have some money.

Yes, my lad, how much?

Two dollars.

If I had two dollars, I'd | start a number two company.

For two cents I'd quit.

Pay him off.

Tickets, please.

Two score and five years ago... Tickets.

...when I was playing | Mahoney City... Tickets.

Good evening, sir, | how do you do?

I refer you to my amanuensis, | Mr. Marmaduke Gump, our manager.

I am the owner and the star.

Excuse me, please.


Now, if you'll point out | the members of your troupe.

Here's two. There's three. | Here's two. There's four.

What have you got | under your foot, Pop?

Under my foot?

Nothing, dear, | nothing under there.

The other foot.

Other? My other foot?

Oh, for goodness' sake.

I'm glad you noticed it. | What sharp eyes you have.

Let's see, my sleeping car | ticket. I must have dropped it.

Here, I bought it for you. | You what?

I bought it for you | this morning, dear.

No, you didn't.

I didn't buy it?

I saw that man drop it.

A man dropped it? | Well, that's funny.

Give it back to him.


Give it back to him, Pop.

Give it back? | Are you sure he dropped it?

Oh, well, then, of course. It | would be dishonest to keep it.

I'll give it back, but I'd like to | know where that one is I bought for you.

I had it.

Why, don't wait up | for me, dear.

I may play a little Parcheesi | before coming to bed.

Pardon me.

I had a ticket. | I think it was upper nine.

Upper nine?

Upper nine made up?

I'll see. George? | Yes, sir.

Upper nine ready yet? | Yes, sir.

Thank you. Get me the | ladder, please, George.

Yes, sir. | Thank you, my boy.

Quite stuffy affair. | This puts...

Not enough room | to swing a cat around in.

That gentleman | has upper nine.

Well, maybe it was upper six.

No, upper six is occupied.

You don't think I'd lie to you | about a ticket, do you?

Maybe this telegram | will tell you who I am.

"J. Weldon Potter, Grand Mogul | of the High Chamber Secret Order

"of the Veiled Knights | of Matthias. "

Quiet, please, quiet.

What is this, | a cattle car?


Well, I had a ticket...

I'll get you... | Now get your belongings.

Hello, Betty.

And where do you think | you're going?

I'm going to Bellefontaine.

Listen, Wally, you've got to stop | following us around from town to town.

Oh, I'm not following us | around. I'm following you.

Well, you can't | follow me, either.

Listen, Betty, I'm going to be an | actor. I'm crazy about the theater.

I'm crazy about you, too.

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