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Director:
Writers:
Philip Rapp (screenplay) and
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
31 December 1949 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Golden Globe. See more »
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Good, funny -- but much gallows humor See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Danny Kaye ... Georgi
Walter Slezak ... Yakov

Barbara Bates ... Leza

Elsa Lanchester ... Maria

Gene Lockhart ... The Mayor

Alan Hale ... Kovatch
Walter Catlett ... Colonel Castine

Rhys Williams ... Inspector General
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benny Baker ... Telecki (uncredited)
Leonard Bremen ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Robert Cherry ... Peasant (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... OId Villager (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Turnkey (uncredited)
Helena Dare ... Townwoman (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
George Davis ... Ladislaus (uncredited)
Abe Dinovitch ... Peasant (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Sentry (uncredited)
Robert Filmer ... Sentry (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Burbis (uncredited)
Karen Hale ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
Lew Hearn ... Izzick (uncredited)
Sam Hearn ... Gizzick (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Goatherd (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Deaf Villager (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Villager (uncredited)
Joleen King ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Gracille LaVinder ... Townwoman (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Lazlo (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... Old Villager (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Villager (uncredited)
Alix Nagy ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
Paul Newlan ... Viertel - the Woodchopper (uncredited)
Nestor Paiva ... Gregor (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Buxom Villager (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Bela (uncredited)
Maudie Prickett ... Townwoman (uncredited)
Harry Raven ... Sentry (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Sentry (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Sentry (uncredited)
Pepi Sinoff ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Townsman (uncredited)
Joan Vohs ... Peasant Girl (uncredited)
Audrey Winn ... Councilman's Wife (uncredited)
Jeff York ... Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Henry Koster 
 
Writing credits
Philip Rapp (screenplay) and
Harry Kurnitz (screenplay)

Nikolai Gogol (suggested by a play by)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Sylvia Fine .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
Johnny Green 
 
Cinematography by
Elwood Bredell (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Rudi Fehr 
 
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Leonora Sabine .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Al Alleborn .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound
Treg Brown .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Edwin B. DuPar .... special effects (as Edwin DuPar)
 
Stunts
Bert LeBaron .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Saul Butner .... gaffer (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stanley Young .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Johnny Green .... musical director
 
Other crew
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Mitchell Kovaleski .... associate technicolor color director
Eugene Loring .... choreography
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Ontario) | Finland:S | Iceland:L | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1950) | USA:Approved (PCA #13361)

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Trivia:
Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Inspector General" opened in St. Petersburg, Russia. in April 1836.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Poor editing (redundancy): When Yakov is first hawking his elixir, and about to reveal Danny's "head" on the serving plate, he picks it up and turns in a far shot, and then immediately, in a closer shot, it shows almost exactly the same motion.See more »
Quotes:
The Mayor:Your Excellency - he took bribes, he drank all my wine, he-he-he yelled out the windows, he even made love to my wife! How could... How could I doubt that he was an Inspector General?See more »
Soundtrack:
Lonely HeartsSee more »

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8 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Good, funny -- but much gallows humor, 16 March 2004
Author: brower8 from United States

Danny Kaye steals the show as 'Georgi' in this Gogol comedy set somewhere in eastern Europe at some time in the 19th century that spoofs the gullibility of the masses and the venality of rulers. Kaye plays an illiterate toady of a medicine-show operator who is confused with the Emperor's "Inspector General" who is charged with the duty to root out all corruption in any village to which he is sent. The venal mayor and his coterie of dishonest city bosses are scared out of their wits as they seek to cover up their corruption from the all-knowing imperial emissary. Corrupt as they are, and scared of the consequences of being exposed, they expose Georgi (Kaye) to every peril possible -- including having to drink some of "Yakov's Golden elixir" that his boss Yakov (Walter Slezak) vends to unsuspecting suckers. He survives every danger, including bad advice from those who exploit his illiteracy.

There's much grimness in the humor, so it's not for everyone, including several references to executions -- and some about the jail. One memorable line is from one of the crooked city bosses (sorry, not an exact quote):

"They'll send us to the firing squad!"

followed by:

"Don't worry. I own the factory that makes the guns."

If you can put up with such jests, then you will like this movie. Beware, though: it is not for children.





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