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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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Marina Von Minden
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Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
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Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
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Beatrice
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Col. Davis Sr. aka Polar Bear
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The Shadow aka Wilson
Phyllis Ruth ...
Emmy Lou
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Robert Davis, Jr.
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Capt. Pierre Whitfield
Andrew Tombes ...
Dean Albert Manning
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Speaker of the House
Charles La Torre ...
Gaston, Waiter
Charles Laskey ...
Danseur
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Sam Horowitz, Lawyer
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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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IT MADE GAY BROADWAY GAYER! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irène Bordoni and Vera Zorina both repeated their roles from the original Broadway stage version. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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IT'S A LOVELY DAY TOMORROW
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by black chorus
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Louisiana Purchase- And I Thought it Was About Napoleon 1/2*
27 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dreadful, stupidly inane film dealing with corruption at the Louisiana Purchase Lumber Company.

Everyone in the state of Louisiana seems to be corrupt and inept. A member of the college's English Department can only sign his name with an X.

When it appears that a straight laced Senator (Victor Moore) is coming to the state to investigate, everyone there tries to blame the innocent but foolish Bob Hope character.

Is it any wonder that Vera Zorina did not get the part of Maria in 1943's "For Whom the Bell Tolls?"

Naturally, the corrupt officials along with Hope try to show pictures of Zorina with Moore so as to ruin him politically. Moore marries the head of the restaurant who he had insulted when he asked for a ham sandwich. He thought the reason that she was upset was because it was a kosher restaurant. This is the extent of humor is this absolute mess of a film.

When Hope tries to defend himself in Congress, he does a take-off of James Stewart in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington." By then the film is too far gone for any good response.

The music and lyrics are both absolutely terrible. That song praising Louisiana, sung in various ways, is absolutely terrible. Irving Berlin had something to do with the music of this utterly terrible film?


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