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
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Joan
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Jim Arnold
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Chuck Gibson
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Mary Pemberton
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Grandpa Pemberton
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Uncle Wills
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Stephanie Pemberton
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Mr. Long
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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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26 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Hett om öronen  »

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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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When Eddie and Chuck go to look up Pemberton in the phone book, entries above, below and in the column to the right are out of alphabetical order. See more »

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Hilarious mistaken identity tale with perfect cast
6 April 2017 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Fred MacMurray and William Demarest, just out of the army, are on their way to Wisconsin to start up a mink farm. Their plans change when Fred is waylaid on the sidewalk by some tough guys who insist he is somebody named Pemberton who owes them lots of money.

The plot starts from there and develops into a wild tale that includes an honest bookie, a crooked uncle, an estranged wife and child, and a long lost twin.

MacMurray and Demarest are both excellent. No one ever expressed sputtering bewilderment or mild-mannered outrage better than Fred MacMurray; and no one but Bill Demarest could be quite so great delivering a line like, "Oh, get back under the house, you termite!" (Barked at Douglass Dumbrille, the wicked uncle.)

The picture also includes fine performance from Harry Davenport as the patriarch ("I'm just the grandpa—the only Pemberton that ever did an honest day's work in three generations!"); Marguerite Chapman as a family secretary who tries to figure MacMurray out; and especially Akim Tamaroff as a bookie with an appreciation for old books and a keen sense of fair play.

Just delightful, especially for those who love great character actors.


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