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Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  26 November 1949 (USA)
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A young comic plays second-rate nightclubs and chintzy resorts in his struggle to break into the big time.

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Kipling 'Kip' Cooper
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Nancy Eagen
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Fay Washburn
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Eddie Eagen
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Sam Washburn
Grace Hayes ...
Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn
Jerome Cowan ...
Elliott Montgomery
Lloyd Gough ...
Monte Wilson
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Henry 'Hank' Richards (as Ransom Sherman)
Iris Adrian ...
Julie Adams
Wally Vernon ...
Wally Vernon - Comic
Cecil Stewart & His Royal Rogues ...
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Kip Cooper, a successful comedy star and the hot of the nation starring on his own television show. His agent, in flashback, tells a young, inexperienced comedian how Cooper rose to the top, mostly running over others on the way. Copper was a small-time comedian who worked upwards through sheer aggressiveness. He double-crosses his sweetheart after she gets him a big break, lies, cheats and steals material in his efforts to succeed. But, he sees the light. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In the audition scene with Virginia Mayo, Berle imitates an upper-crust type, wearing a monocle and a robe or smoking jacket with an Art Deco-esque print. This unusual-looking garment was used in a movie at least once previously. It was worn by Monty Woolley in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). See more »

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Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn: I'm not the girl I used to be. I'm beginning to think I never was.
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Referenced in The Milton Berle Show: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

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You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Played at the Canal Street Boys Club; sung and danced by Milton Berle
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A Berle Showcase
7 December 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A small-time comic works his way up to the big time.

The two hours is mainly for fans of Uncle Miltie. Berle is in just about every scene, along with a number of his costumed skits. As expected, some skits are funnier than others; however, I wish this overlong movie had stayed on a light comedic level. Instead, it veers off near the end into heavy drama, which could have been easily lopped off.

Catch that bouncy opening—as I recall, it plays much like Berle's hit TV show that helped put TV on the map in the early days. Anyway, if guys get tired looking at the star, there's the delectable Ruth Roman standing around in various stages of undress, and also a shapely Virginia Mayo doing some surprisingly good dance steps. Comic actor Bert Lahr gets his turn on the stage. But to me, his brand of humor is a matter of taste.

I suspect Warner Bros. was testing the waters to see if Berle's appeal carried over to movies as well as TV, in the way it did for Bob Hope over at Paramount. However that may be, I think the movie would be better if shorter and strictly light-hearted.


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