Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: IT'S A GIFT

Saturday, July 16, 2011

4:00 PM

(USA/1934—directed by Norman Z. McLeod)
Store owner Harold Bissonette (W.C. Fields) silently suffers as blind man Mr. Muckle gets loose in the lightbulb bin; Baby LeRoy gets into the molasses; selling a pound of kumquats becomes an insurmountable challenge; a noisy salesman inquiring as to the whereabouts of someone named Carl LaFong interrupts his nap; and a crooked real estate deal quashes his California fantasy of gin and fresh-off-the-tree o.j. Selected for the 2011 National Film Registry – the annual list of important American cinema treasures compiled by the Library of Congress – It’s a Gift may well be Fields’ most timeless and inspired creation. (68 min.)

“A masterpiece! Fields’ definitive study of the horrors of small town family life.” -Time Out (London)