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The Big Hangover (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 May 1950 (USA)
A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but hides from them a secret about a problem he has--he is so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light.




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Complete credited cast:
Mary Belney
Percy Waram ...
John Belney
Martha Belney
Carl Bellcap
Uncle Fred Mahoney
Selena Royle ...
Kate Mahoney
Charles Parkford
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Claire Bellcap
Philip Ahn ...
Dr. Lee
Gordon Richards ...
Williams, the Chauffeur
Mr. Rumlie
Samuel C. Long
Steve Hughes


A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but doesn't tell them about a problem he has--he's so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Cicatrices del recuerdo  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Despite very good acting, a bizarre plot device sinks this one to mediocrity.
11 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie is based on a very contrived plot device. Van Johnson plays a man who has a peculiar sort of reaction to alcohol--the type you'll only see in movies and I doubt if anyone on this planet does what his character did. While the IMDb summary says he passes out when he drinks, this is NOT the case. Instead, even the smallest taste of alcohol sends him into a fit where he behaves roaring drunk for several minutes--afterwords, he has no clear recollection of his behaviors. As I said, it's contrived--but also odd because the film really isn't exactly a comedy--in fact, much of it is VERY serious. In fact, with a subplot involving racism, the mix is uncomfortable and bizarre to say the least.

On the plus side, the film has very good acting. Van Johnson, despite the material, is excellent and he's given tons of support from the likes of Liz Taylor (who is at her radiant best), Leon Ames (whose speech at the end is terrific), Gene Lockhart (June's father) and Edgar Buchanan--among others. It is clearly filled with quality actors. It's just too bad that the script itself isn't high quality. In fact, it could clearly have used a re-write. It's a B-movie script with A-list actors and production values. Not a bad film but not at all a good one either.

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