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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 »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
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Pleasant Farce With a Fine Cast 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)

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


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  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Language:
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: When Yakov first reads the note from Leza we can see it says "They are trying to kill you. Don't go near the barn." Later, when the woodchopper reads it he says "Don't go near the barn. They are trying to kill you."See more »
Quotes:
Gregor:The Inspector General. Yes, he has full power from the Emperor himself. And wherever he finds bribery and corruption, there the gallows and the firing squad go to work. More.
[the newly deposed Mayor of Klimenti is immediately given more wine to calm him]
The Mayor:What does he look like, this Inspector General?
Gregor:Who knows? A man of mystery. Five days he was in our midst and no one even suspected it. He went everywhere, saw everything, and uncovered such corruption that even I was shocked.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Revizor (1996)See more »
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22 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Pleasant Farce With a Fine Cast, 12 June 2001
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

A pleasant farce with a fine cast, "The Inspector General" gives Danny Kaye a chance to show off his many talents, and also tells a story that is quite humorous as long as you do not take it too seriously.

Kaye plays Georgi, an illiterate traveling huckster who helps his boss Yakov (Walter Slezak) sell useless medicines to gullible peasants. (The sequence where they try to sell their "elixir" is one of the movie's best scenes.) Georgi visits a small town, where through a series of coincidences, he is mistaken by the town's leaders for the Inspector General, an important official with sweeping powers to punish and reform. Half of the town fawns on him, while the other half panics over what he will discover in his "inspection". Kaye just wants to leave town before they figure out who he really is, but plenty of complications arise that keep things going for quite a while.

Kaye gets to sing, dance, and generally entertain the audience. The supporting cast is filled with fine character actors like Gene Lockhart, Elsa Lanchester, and Alan Hale, who add to the humor. Not a lot of big laughs, but a steady stream of good-natured comedy all the way through.

This is an enjoyable movie recommended for anyone who likes musical comedy.

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