Earthworm Tractors

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Earthworm Tractors
Earthworm Tractors (1936) 1.jpg
Film still with June Travis and Joe E. Brown
Directed by Ray Enright
Produced by Samuel Bischoff (producer)
Hal B. Wallis (executive producer)
Written by Hugh Cummings (writer)
Richard Macaulay (writer)
Paul Gerard Smith (writer)
Joe Traub (writer)
William Hazlett Upson (stories)
Starring Joe E. Brown
June Travis
Cinematography Arthur L. Todd
Edited by Doug Gould
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • July 24, 1936 (1936-07-24)
Running time
69 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Earthworm Tractors is a 1936 American film directed by Ray Enright[1] and starring Joe E. Brown and June Travis. The film is also known as A Natural Born Salesman in the United Kingdom.

The film is based on characters created by William Hazlett Upson in a series of stories that appeared in the Saturday Evening Post. The series featured Alexander Botts, a natural-born salesman, and the Earthworm Tractor Company, and was inspired in part by Upson's actual work experience with the Caterpillar Tractor Company.

Plot summary

In this slapstick romantic comedy, Alexander Botts is egged on by his sweetheart Sally to do great things, so he writes a letter to the Earthworm Tractor Company, and is hired as a salesman. He gets fired more than once, but is rehired by getting orders. He falls in love with Mabel, daughter of cranky Sam. Eventually, he proves a super salesman by selling many tractors to Sam, and wins Mabel's love.[2]




  1. ^ Variety film review; July 29, 1936, page 14.
  2. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; July 25, 1936, page 119.

External links

  • Earthworm Tractors on IMDb
  • Earthworm Tractors is available for free download at the Internet Archive

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