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Man Alive (1945)

 |  Comedy  |  16 November 1945 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
Connie McBride
Gordon Tolliver
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Prof. Zorado
Joseph Crehan ...
Dr. James P. Whitney
Jonathan Hale ...
Minna Gombell ...
Aunt Sophie
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Henry Fletcher (as Jason Robards)
Jack Norton ...
Willie the Wino


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16 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fantasma Amoroso  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Starts well, falls apart later
6 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Good set-up for a farce. O'Brien fights with wife who is conflicted by appearance of old college flame Vallee, O'Brien gets drunk with Norton (filmdom's once-famous drunk-comic) and they drive into the bay. Norton killed, but O'Brien alive (wearing Norton's jacket) and fished out by showboat proprietors, including ship hand Menjou. O'Brien wakes up thinking he's dead because Menjou is wearing devil's costume (for stage show) while stoking coal into the ship's furnace! When he tries to get back to his wife, O'Brien is urged by kibitzer Menjou to act as a ghost to find out if her love for him is real or if she's actually in love with Vallee. So far so good, and done with a fairly light touch, then the rest of the film devolves into a frantic hard-breathing comic muddle. Too bad the writers ran out of ideas. We even see Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer pop-up as the cross-eyed long-lost son of Norton, thinking O'Brien is his dad. But nothing works comically or romantically after the set-up.

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