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It's in the Bag! (1945)

Passed | | Comedy | 21 April 1945 (USA)
The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can find which chair it's hidden in.

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William Bendix
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Victor Moore
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Rudy Vallee
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Eve Floogle
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Parker
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Dr. Greengrass - Psychiatrist
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Jefferson T. Pike
Gloria Pope ...
Marion Floogle
William Terry ...
Perry Parker
Minerva Pious ...
Mrs. Pansy Nussbaum
Richard Tyler ...
Homer Floogle (as Dickie Tyler)
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Detective Sully
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Storyline

Wealthy Frederick Trumble makes an eccentric new will, secretes much of his wealth in a chair, then, within seconds, is murdered. The new heir, Fred Floogle, runs a flea circus. Of course, the reputed $12 million inheritance goes to his family's heads...then proves to consist of five chairs, which the disgusted Floogle sells just before discovering their secret. Packed with wisecracks, strange cameos, and nothing-sacred, anything-goes digressions. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fickle Fortune  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was completed in October 1944, and bears a 1944 copyright statement during the opening credits, but was not released until 1945. See more »

Goofs

When Parker is showing the Floogles his son's mousetrap he shows how the entry teeter board works by moving it. After a cut to the Floogles and back to Parker, he's moving the teeter board the same way again. See more »

Quotes

Eve Floogle: My mother always told me I should never marry a flea trainer.
Fred F. Trumble Floogle: And that's the matter with flea trainers?
Eve Floogle: You tell him, Homer.
Homer Floogle: I just read an article about that.
Fred F. Trumble Floogle: And?
Homer Floogle: It came to the following interesting conclusion.
Fred F. Trumble Floogle: Yeah?
Homer Floogle: A: Eighty-three percent of flea trainers are of definitely low mentality. B: Sixteen percent were classified as morons...
Fred F. Trumble Floogle: [interrupts, about to hit Homer with his cane] Why, for two pennies, I'd...
Homer Floogle: Uh uh! Dad! How many times have I told you? Striking your own child denotes a ...
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Crazy Credits

Before the final card at the end of the movie, Fred Allen breaks the fourth wall one more time and says to the audience "Folks, you've got to come back to the next show, immediate seats on the inside." See more »

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Version of Mein Opa und die 13 Stühle (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Sung by the Bendix Gang on Bill Bendix' birthday with new lyrics
Played when the wedding cake is brought in
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Pretty darn funny!
1 January 2001 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

"It's in the Bag" is pretty obscure, but it's very funny. I am a big fan of old radio comedy shows, and thus was interested in seeing Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and other OTR personalities in a movie. Jerry Colonna as a nutty psychiatrist is the funniest role in the movie. Lots of good typical one-liners from Allen, and the opening, featuring Allen making sarcastic comments about the credits as they appear on the screen, was, I presume, a very original idea for a 1940s movie. If your local video store has this movie and you want some good laughs, check this one out.


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