Shoot the Works
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWesley Ruggles
Screenplay byClaude Binyon
Gene Fowler
Howard J. Green
Ben Hecht
Produced byAlbert Lewis
Adolph Zukor
StarringJack Oakie
Ben Bernie
Dorothy Dell
Alison Skipworth
Roscoe Karns
Arline Judge
William Frawley
CinematographyLeo Tover
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 29, 1934 (1934-06-29)
Running time
64 minutes
CountryUnited States

Shoot the Works is a 1934 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Wesley Ruggles and written by Claude Binyon, Gene Fowler, Howard J. Green and Ben Hecht. It is based on the Gene Fowler and Harold Hecht 1932 play The Great Magoo (and not, despite the title, the 1931 musical revue Shoot the Works). The film stars Jack Oakie, Ben Bernie, Dorothy Dell, Alison Skipworth, Roscoe Karns, Arline Judge and William Frawley. The film was released on June 29, 1934, by Paramount Pictures, preceding by two days the beginning of the most rigorously enforced version of the Hollywood Production Code, which came into effect on July 1, 1934.[1][2]


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  1. ^ A.D.S. (1934-07-07). "Movie Review - Shoot the Works - ' Shoot the Works', a Laundered Film Version of 'The Great Magoo' at the Paramount". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  2. ^ "Shoot the Works". Retrieved 2015-02-28.