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Louisiana Purchase (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  31 December 1941 (USA)
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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:
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Vera Zorina ...
Marina Von Minden
Victor Moore ...
Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
Irène Bordoni ...
Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Dona Drake ...
Beatrice
Raymond Walburn ...
Col. Davis Sr. aka Polar Bear
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom ...
The Shadow aka Wilson (as Maxie Rosenbloom)
Phyllis Ruth ...
Emmy Lou
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Robert Davis, Jr.
Donald MacBride ...
Capt. Pierre Whitfield
Andrew Tombes ...
Dean Albert Manning
Robert Warwick ...
Speaker of the House
Charles La Torre ...
Gaston, Waiter
Charles Laskey ...
Danseur
Emory Parnell ...
Sam Horowitz, Lawyer
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Storyline

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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WHERE THERE'S HOPE...THERE'S LIFE AND LAUGHTER! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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31 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Huijari huiputtaa  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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

Quotes

Sam: [looking at Marina] Boy, if she were black, she'd be beautiful!
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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Louisiana Purchase (1951) See more »

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IT'S A LOVELY DAY TOMORROW
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by black chorus
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Slow when Hope-less
13 July 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

This one's a real oddity: a semi-musical satire of a period of corruption that will mean nothing to anybody who is either not a resident of the United States or under eighty-ish years of age. Bob Hope stars as a naive hero who finds himself set up to take the rap when a corrupt cadre find themselves on the brink of discovery and hatches one of those ridiculous Hollywood musical plots to get himself out of trouble. Somehow, I don't think this is too closely based on factual events.

The film opens with a quirky number in which a colourful group of girls sing about how the characters are fictitious and not based on any persons living or dead, and include lyrics stating they are singing this to save the producers from being sued. Bizarre. When Hope is on screen the film is a typical Hope vehicle - which isn't necessarily a good thing - and when he's not the pace slows to a crawl. Despite this it is Victor Moore as the ageing virginal investigator on the trail of the corrupt politicos who steals the movie. Vera Zorina as Hope's love interest is an actress of extremely limited talent and best forgotten to save her descendant's embarrassment. The storyline is littered with references to contemporary matters that mean nothing today, meaning most of them flew way over the top of my head, making it somewhat flawed as a political satire - and fairly insipid as a musical


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