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The Inspector General (1949)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  31 December 1949 (USA)
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An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom ... See full summary »

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An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom they think is traveling in disguise. Fearing he will discover they've been pocketing tax money, they make several bungled attempts to kill him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Near the beginning of the movie Leza (Barbara Bates) is tightening the corset of Maria (Elsa Lanchester. Maria demands that Leza tighten the corset more and Leza explains that it's already tight. After Maria leaves, another character comments that Leza was correct and the corset was too tight: "it makes her eyes bug out." This was an inside joke, since Elsa Lanchester's eyes were somewhat protuberant. See more »

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In the scene when Georgi first arrives at the village, his position in relation to the soldiers sitting around the table changes between shots. Also the amount of light and shadow on the soldiers varies, with them being in shadow, partial sunlight and full sunlight at different times. See more »

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Yakov: May I become a wandering gypsy if I'm not telling the truth.
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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
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Lyrics by Ben Jonson (in poem To Celia) (1616)
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Danny Kaye show with his particular talent as a great comic about an issue of mistaken identities
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An illiterate (Danny Kaye) along with his boss (Walter Slezak) are wandering and acting as medicine men into a provincial town wherein panic when he's detained for vagrancy charge but he's misidentified as a feared Inspector General who comes to check up on them whom the corrupter town officers ( the Mayor : Gene Lockhart and married to Elsa Lanchaster and another officer played by Alan Hale ) think is secretly moving in disguise . Then they make various bungled tryings to murder him . Meanwhile , he falls in love with a beautiful maid (Barbara Bates) who is serving to the Mayor.

The film is a Danny Kaye recital , he sings , dances, stooges , makes acrobatics , tongue twister and puts faces and grimaces . It's a pretty amusing farce with the master comic and displays much choreography and musical numbers . Silya Fine , Kaye's wife , is the lyricist , composer , besides producer and dialogs writer , and responsible for many of the best known musical routines and songs for her husband . The best gags are developed on the Charles Chaplin imitations when Kaye is having lunch ; the events in the room with several hosts that seem Marx brothers sketches ; in addition , the comic numbers in the military trainer headquarter . The motion picture is well directed by Henry Koster . Picture is a vehicle Kaye , he's an authentic comic and real farceur . If you like Kaye's crazy interpretation ,you will most definitely enjoy this one .


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