The Big Hangover (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  26 May 1950 (USA)
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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
Fay Holden ...
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
Matt Moore ...
Mr. Rumlie
Pierre Watkin ...
Samuel C. Long
Russell Hicks ...
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

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26 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Cicatrices del recuerdo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Joseph R. Alden
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Delightful comedy with outstanding supporting cast.
26 November 2002 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

This 1950 film was a sleeper at the time and is now considered a classic. Starring Van Johnson [at his peak] and Elizabeth Taylor [at her early MGM grown up best] it tells the tale of a young man with allergies to alcohol and the boss's daughter who crusades to help him overcome his problems. The supporting cast is one of the finest MGM group of veterans ever presented in one film along with a talking shaggy dog [at least Van can hear him].

Percy Warham [notable English actor] and Fay Holden [Judges Hardy's wife] play the parents of Miss Taylor. Edgar Buchanan [that gravel voiced actor from PETTICOAT JUNCTION] outstanding in his role, and Selena Royale play aunt and uncle to Van. Leon Ames [of MEET ME IN ST LOUIS] and Rosemary DeCamp [from TV's LOVE THAT BOB] play a couple struggling to survive in the field of law [she's his wife] with Philip Ahn as a victim of racial malpractice and trick legal maneuverings.

Miss Taylor never looked lovelier in her Edith Head gowns and Van is just plain charming. They both underplay their roles and give very believable performances. Directed and written by Norman Krasna [playwright of KIND LADY, DEAR RUTH, SUNDAY IN NEW YORK] this is well written and directed.

I had the privilege of working with Mr. Buchanan years ago at the Pasadena Playhouse in SEND ME NO FLOWERS. He was wonderful to work with and to know. Having started out as a dentist then turned actor, he had such wonderful funny stories to tell us all.

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