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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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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

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 »

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

Kipling 'Kip' Cooper: I don't get you, Fay. Yesterday I walked out on you and today you're patching me up and finding me jobs.
Fay Washburn: I'm running a one-woman mission.
Kipling 'Kip' Cooper: Throw away your tambourine. I'm not worth saving. Kip Kipling, the All-American heel.
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Connections

Referenced in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

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Your Eyes Have Told Me So
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Music by Walter Blaufuss
Lyrics by Gus Kahn and Egbert Van Alstyne
Sung by the ensemble in "The Mountain Prince" show, including William Reeves, Jeanne Determann and Milton Berle
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Valuable, Underrated Slice of Show Biz History
23 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Probably not intended as such in 1949, in retrospect this film shows an interesting juncture between old time show biz and the imminent influence of television, which changed everything. The film captures some fascinating relics of an earlier time, such as Bert Lahr reprising a famous burlesque-type routine of his from the early '20s. Milton Berle excels in acting out all sorts of comedic styles and formats then in vogue or already seen as passe. Despite its chirpy title song, the film has a surprising toughness and unsentimentality for its era (witness the happily cruel "Men's Club" scene). Recommended for those into show biz history, and also a great way to see some genuinely funny stuff.


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