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


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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Release Date:

21 April 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fickle Fortune  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


On one of Fred Allen's "Texaco Star Theater" radio broadcasts circa 1941, Allen joked that Don Ameche was playing so many real-life characters in movies, if he wasn't careful Don Ameche would play Don Ameche in a movie one of these days. In this picture, Don Ameche indeed played Don Ameche - in a scene opposite Fred Allen. See more »


In the opening credits Fred Allen says about "Screen Treatment and screen play" that these four people are now out of work. However his own name is mentioned in the screen treatment. See more »


Eve Floogle: You mean last year's diamonds? Oh no, we don't bother with them. You see, we just throw them out. They get so shabby, you know.
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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 »


Version of Twelve Chairs (1971) See more »


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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Fleas and the ingenious mouse trap.
13 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fred F. Trumble Floogle is the owner of a less than successful flea-circus. Struggling to pay his gambling debts, Trumble is most delighted when it's announced he has inherited a substantial amount of money from a recently slain relative. Jumping straight into the rich mans life style with his family, it's a shock when the dubious suit brigade tell him that all the inheritance money has been dissipated, thus sending the Trumble's into even worse poverty than before. But salvation comes in the form of a phonograph record, which on its reverse side has a message from the grave. It seems that $300,000 is hidden in one of the five chairs that Trumble got from the initial will reading. Trouble is is that his son has just gone and sold the chairs to a dealer, who in turn has sold them on to various people.

I'm not at all familiar with the works of radio star Fred Allen {Fred Trumble}, so going into this film blind as to his style of comedy was a bit of a gamble. Happily I can report that It's In The Bag, and Allen himself were a comedic joy. Backed up by the likes of Jack Benny, William Bendix, John Carradine, Rudy Vallee, Don Ameche and Victor Moore-Allen and the ensemble deliver quick wit and skits to laugh yourself hoarse with. There are some far better reviews of this film available on this site, ie: those more familiar with Allen and his influences, so I would urge interested parties to seek them out. For myself I just loved what I watched, skits around trying to get cinema seats and one involving William Bendix playing against type are excellent, whilst I barely contained my joy during a sequence as Don Ameche recites poetry during a riot. Full of gags both visual and oral, It's In The Bag comes highly recommended to those that enjoy old time comedy with a sharp and prickly edge to it. 8/10

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