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Pardon My Past (1945)

 |  Comedy  |  26 January 1946 (USA)
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An ex-GI wants to open a mink farm in Wisconsin; but is mistaken for a look-alike, a gambler who owes a lot of money.

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Eddie York / Francis Pemberton
Marguerite Chapman ...
Joan
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Jim Arnold
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Chuck Gibson
Rita Johnson ...
Mary Pemberton
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Grandpa Pemberton
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Uncle Wills
Karolyn Grimes ...
Stephanie Pemberton
Dewey Robinson ...
Plainclothesman
Hugh Prosser ...
Mr. Long
Tom Moffatt ...
Plainclothesman
Herbert Evans ...
Burch, the Butler
Frank Moran ...
Timothy - Chauffeur / Henchman
Charles Arnt ...
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Recently discharged GI's Eddie York and Chuck Gibson are en route to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to start their own mink farm. While in New York, Eddie is mistaken for wealthy playboy Francis Pemberton and taken to see bookie Jim Arnold, whom Pemberton owes $12,000 in gambling debts. Arnold confiscates Eddie and Chuck's $3,000 savings, and demands the balance by tomorrow. Eddie and Chuck go in search of Francis to get their money back, but with Francis away in Mexico, everyone in the Pemberton household believes Eddie is Francis... Written by L. Hamre

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 5, 1947 with Marguerite Chapman and William Demarest reprising their film roles. See more »

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Referenced in Charmed: Pardon My Past (2000) See more »

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Tired and Tiresome Comedy of Errors
13 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Despite the best intentions of all concerned, "Pardon My Past" emerges as a tired and tiresome comedy of errors with every player trying to make up for the lack of wit in the dialogue and absence of comic inventiveness in the plot by overplaying his or her part to the hilt. True, Dewey Robinson's bungling detective does manage to bring a touch of genuine humor to the proceedings; and even overly repetitious dialogue cannot completely take the edge off Tamiroff's smooth portrayal. There's also no doubt that Miss Chapman makes an attractive heroine. But gross overacting by most of the other players overwhelms the viewer. Unimaginative direction doesn't help. Although MacMurray has a dual role, there are no special effects, except in the one mildly effervescent shot in the entire film: The camera, tracking with MacMurray and Demarest as they flee across the lawn, picks up a cab which it follows back to the house where it closes in on MacMurray emerging. A rather neat trick certainly, and it's all delivered in the one shot without a cut. Metty's photography is consistently glossy, but other credits are undistinguished. Production values are no more than fair. Most of the action takes place in the one set. Dimitri Tiomkin composed and conducted the music score. Make-up was supervised by Otis Malcolm. The production manager was Scotty Rankin. Otho Lovering is credited as supervising film editor. (This means that he was present on the set and advised the director on camera set-ups).


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