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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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Complete credited cast:
Sam Washburn
Elliott Montgomery
Ransom M. Sherman ...
Henry 'Hank' Richards (as Ransom Sherman)
Wally Vernon - Comic
Cecil Stewart & His Royal Rogues ...
Specialty Act Group
O'Donnell & Blair ...
Specialty Act
The Moroccans ...
Specialty Act


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!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

26 November 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Naurukoulu  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


An early cast list included Henny Youngman, Benny Baker and Red Buttons, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »


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 »


Monte Wilson: [to a young up-and-coming comic] How many years do you think a comic has to knock around before he can learn his trade? The broken down joints he has to starve in and sometimes finish in to? Ever been to Asbury Park, New Jersey on a Labor Day weekend? Ever try to get laughs from an audience that just finished a heavy dinner? Been sitting around on hard chairs swatting mosquitoes watching the temperature climb to 90 degrees? Well, Kip has and, believe me, it was murder.
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Referenced in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »


I Wonder What's Become of Sally
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Played at the Canal Street Boys Club, sung by Eddie Parks and danced by Arabella
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Milton Berle acting and gay subtext too
16 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I happened upon this film by accident whilst I was channel surfing. Having never seen "Uncle Milty" in an acting role before I just had to stop and watch.

While this films story is one of those behind the scenes show biz stories of a comic trying to get into the big time, what I found to be absolutely fascinating was the character of Rene played by Iphigenie Castiglioni in what can only be read as a very, very lesbian night club owner for whom Berle auditions doing a comedic routine playing the piano and singing Miss Otis Regrets, a song written by the very gay Cole Porter.

The nightclub owner Rene with her mannish hairstyle, tuxedo (worn during the day!) and long, long cigarette holder with her aperitif is the quintessential gay stereotype for the era. How the combination of Rene in her garb and the suggestive Cole Porter song got past the censors is beyond me, but I am sure it was quite appreciated by gay audience members as an acknowledgment of their presence in show business.

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