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'Fun on a Week-End' (1947)

 -  Comedy  -  15 May 1947 (USA)
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Peterson Price Porterhouse III (Eddie Bracken)) and Nancy Crane (Priscilla Lane), both flat broke, meet on a Florida beach and decide to "go for the big money," under the premise that ... See full summary »

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Nancy Crane
Tom Conway ...
Jefferson Van Orsdale Jr.
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Joe Morgan
Arthur Treacher ...
Benjamin O. Moffatt
Clarence Kolb ...
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Alma Kruger ...
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Russell Hicks ...
John Biddle
Fritz Feld ...
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Peterson Price Porterhouse III (Eddie Bracken)) and Nancy Crane (Priscilla Lane), both flat broke, meet on a Florida beach and decide to "go for the big money," under the premise that perception will turn into reality. They crash into several big houses, pretending they are in the market for an estate, and are soon, although still penniless, living in the best hotel in town, throwing lavish parties and mingling with the upper crust. This is too good to last, but may have anyway if true love hadn't reared its ugly head. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Of Priscilla Lane's 22 feature films released between 1937 and 1948, her last two screen appearances - this one and then Bodyguard (1948) - were in modest productions going without contemporary New York Times reviews. See more »

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Late screwball comedy without wit, charm or believability...
3 April 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

It's a wonder that EDDIE BRACKEN and PRISCILLA LANE manage to hold their heads high and infuse some much needed laughs into this ridiculous attempt at screwball comedy in the late '40s. They're such pros that with a better script they may have managed to make this one work.

The only comedy highlight is ALLEN JENKINS who manages to con quite a few laughs out of his role as an unbelieving bystander, and FRITZ FELD as a pianist whose act is always inadvertently getting ruined by Bracken and Lane and their Great Dane who loves to chew on furniture legs.

It's an obviously low-budget poverty row production that has to be the nadir of Bracken and Lane's respective careers. Priscilla was making a comeback after a three year absence and had lost none of her charm, but her role is enough to sink the abilities of any actress. No wonder she retired after one more film. Bracken is less frenetic than usual but also has an impossible role to play.

Sorry, two thumbs down on this one. All those rear projection shots are too distracting for comfort, indicating just how low the budget was to produce such a farce.

"This is getting to be too much," exclaims one unfortunate character. The viewer will agree.


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