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White Tie and Tails (1946)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 August 1946 (USA)
A wealthy family goes on vacation, leaving their butler in charge of their house. The butler meets a beautiful woman, and soon gets himself in all sorts of trouble.

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(as Charles T. Barton)

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Larry Lundie
Frank Jenks ...
George
Richard Gaines ...
Archer
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Nate Romero
Clarence Kolb ...
Mr. Arkwright
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Latimer
John Miljan ...
Mr. Latimer
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Mr. Bradford
Nita Hunter ...
Betty Latimer
Scotty Beckett ...
William Trenk ...
Emil
Patricia Alphin ...
Cynthia Bradford
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Virgie (as Joan Fulton)
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Wealthy New Yorker Andrew Latimer , his wife and their two children, Bill,17 and Betty, 15, go on a vacation to Florida and leave their Gotham mansion in charge of Charles DuMont, their impeccable butler. When the family is gone, art-lover and striving-artist Charles informs the chauffeur, George, that he is going to spend his own vacation there in the mansion, enjoying the paintings by Corot, Goya, Degas and others, and the Latimer's fine liqueurs, and George is going to drive him around town as he plays the gentleman. Dining in style at the Club Bergerac, Charles meets Louise Bradford and her stuffy fiancée, Archer Ripley. Charles knows nothing about Louise, other than she carries a revolver in her purse, but is anxious to see her again. He arranges to be near her at the opera, where she is with her father and sister Cynthia. Much to Louise's distress, Cynthia leaves the opera with Nate Romano , a gambler associated with Larry Lundie , a swank gambling house owner. Later, Charles ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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30 August 1946 (USA)  »

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The Swindlers  »

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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 21, 1946 with William Bendix and Dan Duryea reprising their film roles. See more »

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Keep the dream alive
7 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Butler Dan Duryea (Charles) decides to lord it up while his master's family take a holiday to Florida. The chauffeur Frank Jenks (George) agrees to drive Duryea around during this time and the scene is set for misunderstandings aplenty as Duryea goes out on the town in pursuit of wealthy socialite Ella Raines (Louise). However, his little prank takes a serious turn when he becomes mixed up with gambling house owner William Bendix (Lundie).

This film has an easy-to-watch cast that lead us through the proceedings. Jenks, Raines and Bendix provide most of the comedy which is enjoyable in the manner that it is delivered. No screaming, no tedious slapstick, just entertaining dialogue delivery.

The story has an interesting plot and while the ending is predictable, it doesn't matter. A fun film that may leave you in the mood to be a little less assertive.


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