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This movie was a strange one for me. I'm not a big fan of elephants in films, but Zenobia played her part with understated dignity. Hardy did an okay job with some humor, but he was overshadowed by the other actors. I generally like Burke and her ditzy characters, but here she became annoying. She was way overplaying her hand; so much so it took away from the movie.
This Is Not Another Fine Mess
Very enjoyable "Ollie"" film with great supporting cast.
- Banana Annie
Was pleasantly surprised,and really got a kick out of this movie.Ollie did very well on his own,being a good Southern gentleman that he was.Harry was great,as was Zenobia herself.I hope it'll be available again soon!
Produced by Hal Roach in 1939 and released by United Artists, ZENOBIA is a modest comedy set in the Old South and is based on a novel, ZENOBIA'S INFIDELITY, by author H. C. Bunner. Oliver Hardy is benevolent Henry Tibbett, a country doctor who'd rather put a smile on his patients' faces than get paid by them. He comes home one day and learns that his daughter Mary (Jean Parker) means to marry rich and manor-born Jeff Carter (James Ellison). Mary gets her father's blessing, but the same can't be said for Jeff's snooty, blue-blood mother (Alice Brady). To deepen the plot and introduce the titular character, the circus comes to town with an ailing elephant by the name of Zenobia. Doctor Tibbett is called upon to try to cure Zenobia and succeeds quite admirably, garnering the affections of the pachyderm, who then begins to follow Tibbett around like an imprinted puppy. This wreaks havoc in the good doctor's social standing as Zenobia's persistent presence causes several moments of embarassment for him and his family. To make things worse, the owner of the elephant (Harry Langdon) becomes disgruntled at Zenobia's defection and sues Dr. Tibbett. Hal Roach originally had Roland Young in mind as the doctor but instead opted to have Oliver Hardy play the role. This is the first time Hardy has ever starred in a film without his longtime comedy partner, Stan Laurel, who had temporarily left the partnership after a contract dispute with Roach. The only other movie he would be without Laurel is the entertaining THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN, where he teams up with the Duke. As Henry Tibbett, Hardy does tone down his familiar comedic persona and engages in some decent character acting, even though some of his patented mannerisms can still be sighted. The rest of the cast are adequate, as well, but no one really stands out, despite some fairly known character actors in Alice Brady, Hattie McDaniel, and Billie Burke, whose defining role, by the way, will always be that of Glind