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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 »
Genre:
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 »
NewsDesk:
(5 articles)
User Reviews:
Wonderful Movie with Complementing Actors See more (31 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)
 
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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: 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 »
Quotes:
Georgi:[nervously] Oh, I have no wife. None of my family had wives. My father didn't like wives. I mean, my mother didn't like my father's wives.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
Soliloquy for Three HeadsSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Movie with Complementing Actors, 3 November 2006
Author: darkwing_karnage from United States

Watching this was enjoyable. The movie started off somewhat slowly, and took its time picking up the pace. However, the pace quickly picked up speed when Danny Kaye came on screen. This is partly because his partner shows up at the same time. Walter Slezak does a fantastic job of contrasting Kaye throughout the movie, but more of that later.

Danny Kaye's performance here is not quite as seamless as many. He does not seem to have the same audacity he displays in later movies, such as The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Court Jester. It is also different in that, although it includes the usual confusion, plot twists, and multiplicity of plans going on at once, these elements are not executed as beautifully as in, for example, The Court Jester. Thus these scenes become comedic background, still enjoyable to watch, but not the masterpiece one may have become accustomed to. However, the movie was far from terrible. There were moments which, as I watched them, made me think, "That's so Danny Kaye." He has many of the same mannerisms and little twitches that make him so much fun to watch, along with an array of songs that would tie a normal tongue in knots. He looks quite dashing in his military uniform, and his character's innocence is just so much fun to see in Danny Kaye's brilliant blue eyes.

His character (Georgi) is also contrasted masterfully with Slezak's (Yakov), making this movie a success. Yakov is so mean to poor Georgi (as well as everyone else) that the viewer simply must fall in love with the poor boy. Kaye plays a young man, very nearly a boy, while Yakov is so jaded and immoral. It is Yakov's cruelty to Georgi that endears Kaye's character to the viewer.

To sum up, The Inspector General is a lighthearted movie involving superb writing, excellent juxtaposition, and a wonderful star and supporting villain.

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