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Louisiana Purchase (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 31 December 1941 (USA)
A bumbling senator investigating graft in Louisiana is the target of a scheme involving a Viennese beauty.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marina Von Minden
Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Col. Davis Sr. aka Polar Bear
The Shadow aka Wilson
Phyllis Ruth ...
Emmy Lou
Robert Davis, Jr.
Donald MacBride ...
Capt. Pierre Whitfield
Andrew Tombes ...
Dean Albert Manning
Speaker of the House
Charles La Torre ...
Gaston, Waiter
Charles Laskey ...
Sam Horowitz, Lawyer


Graft is rampant in the government of a "mythical" Louisiana, and the arrival of U.S. Senate investigator Loganberry brings panic. The chief miscreants shift the blame on to their innocent tool, Jim Taylor, who to save himself must "compromise" the simon-pure Senator Loganberry. As his instrument, Jim selects Marina Von Minden, beautiful Viennese refugee. But matters become complicated when Jim falls for Marina... and she takes a liking for the Senator. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

31 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Huijari huiputtaa  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was Bob Hope's first feature film in Technicolor. See more »


Senator Oliver P. Loganberry: You're a pretty smart fella, Mr. Taylor. I kinda wish you were a Republican.
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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Louisiana Purchase (1951) See more »


Written by Irving Berlin
Sung in original play; used instrumentally in film
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Bob Hope and some of the musical's original cast make Irving Berlin's Louisiana Purchase quite a funny and entertaining movie
6 June 2013 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

I've read that this Irving Berlin musical was based on the dealings of Huey Long and his cronies. Long was the governor of my state, Louisiana, and later the state senator and he did much that was good for it but also had some crooked deals with like-minded people who got exposed after Long's assassination in the mid-'30s. So it was that this film began with a lawyer singing of dictating a letter to the studio that the only way this story depicted here can be presented is to treat it as fiction. I'll stop there and just say that I found this Bob Hope vehicle funny and entertaining with good support from Vera Zorina, Irene Bordoni, and especially Victor Moore, all reprising their roles from the Broadway version. The Irving Berlin songs retained for this production are fine as well. Oh, and I loved the sight of the state capital from my state's capital city of Baton Rouge inserted here! Nothing more to say except I highly recommend Louisiana Purchase.

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