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Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)

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

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Henry 'Hank' Richards (as Ransom Sherman)
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Julie Adams
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Storyline

Kip Cooper, a successful comedy star, is the hit 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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We're Berle-ing them Over!

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Comedy | Drama

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26 November 1949 (USA)  »

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Naurukoulu  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Fountain Pen Sketch" was taken from the hit musical (over 400 performances) that opened in New York in 1948, and starred Sid Caesar. Max Showalter, who performs that specialty number in this movie, was also in that opening night cast playing the same role, as well as others. See more »

Goofs

When Kip Cooper (Milton Berle) asks his agent Wilson (Lloyd Gough) to call Eddie Eagen (Bert Lahr) about replacing him in the show, Wilson picks up the phone and starts talking without dialing. See more »

Quotes

Julie Adams: It's about time!
Kipling 'Kip' Cooper: I had to warm 'em up, didn't I? Did you hear me kill 'em?
Julie Adams: What kid of anesthetic were you using?
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Referenced in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
In the score when Eddie reminisces about comics who are gone
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always leave them laughing ---- does
24 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What surprised me most about this movie were the few moments watching Ruth Roman doing some fancy dancing. As my old girl friend used to say -- "I didn't know you had it in you." Miss R usually plays it straight, and always well. I have no idea why she was not used more often in song-dance roles.

She looks good, acts good. And, the ever lovely Virginia Mayo was excellent as an opportunist. I'll watch her anytime so, don't hold the Mayo.

The star, obviously, was Uncle Milty who was admired by all the critics, with the exception of one sourpuss. As another reviewer pointed out many of the comedians excelled in straight roles. In this movie, the Unc alternated between very funny and very serious, but always convincing.

The Cowardly Lion was his usual self, and there's not a thing wrong with that.

I would have enjoyed more skits but this flick was not a review. There was a good story attached. The movie always left me laughing, except when it was not supposed to.


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