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Champagne for Caesar (1950)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  11 May 1950 (USA)
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In order to get even with the pompous president of a soap company, an eccentric genius goes on his quiz show in order to bankrupt his company.

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Happy Hogan
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George Fisher ...
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Ellye Marshall ...
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Vici Raaf ...
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George Leigh ...
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Caesar the Parrot (voice)
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What happens when the man who knows everything goes on a quiz show that doubles your cash prize every time a you answer a question correctly? Beauregard Bottomly is that man & what happens is you end up with 40 million dollars at stake. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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...the bubbliest, frothiest, tickliest comedy!

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Comedy | Romance

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11 May 1950 (USA)  »

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Botta senza risposta  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 5, 1950 with Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Barbara Britton and Art Linkletter reprising their film roles. See more »

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When Ronald Colman, Barbara Britton and others watch TV in the shop window they would not be able to hear any sound. See more »

Quotes

Happy Hogan: [Referring to his engagement to Bottomley's sister] Aren't you going to wish us good luck?
Beauregard Bottomley: Well, you're obnoxious but not as obnoxious as I thought you were.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Don't Get A Genius Mad At You
17 November 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ronald Colman, self confessed genius and bookworm extraordinary, lives in a small bungalow with sister Barbara Britton who supports both of them with giving kids piano lessons.

Colman works every now and then because frankly there isn't much call for geniuses at entry level jobs and he intimidates those in power when he does get hired. But one day a particularly arrogant head of a soap manufacturing company dismissed him without an explanation during the interview.

But Colman takes an unusual way of getting even. He goes on the company sponsored quiz program and keeps winning and winning week after week. They're going to owe him big time before he's done.

Champagne for Caesar anticipates the big money quiz show era and the celebrities they spawned by about seven years and the movie about that time, Quiz Show, by over 40. Colman is seemingly the detached man of letters that he was in The Late George Apley. But in fact he turns out to have an exceedingly good grasp on reality and the more mundane treacheries associated with every day life.

Although this is Ronald Colman's film, whenever he's on Vincent Price steals the show totally with his portrayal of the megalomaniacal soap king. It's the kind of outrageous part that actors can really chew the scenery with and Vincent Price had a full course meal.

Celeste Holm plays the femme fatale that Price hires to do Colman in and she's good at her job. But the seemingly unworldly Colman is more than up to her tricks.

Art Linkletter who was just getting nationally known as a radio and television host plays, what else, the host of Price's quiz show. Linkletter did some dramatic television work later on Wagon Train, GE Theater, and Zane Grey Theater, but this is his only feature film role as other than Art Linkletter.

Champagne for Caesar was an independent production by Harry Popkin for United Artists. Though he got great critical reviews, Colman was shorted on his money for this film by Popkin. According to his daughter Juliet's biography of her father, the lawsuit her father brought against Popkin dragged on so long that it got to be something of a family joke. It was still not settled when Colman died in 1958.

Legal problems aside, Champagne for Caesar is one very funny film and should not be missed by fans of Ronald Colman or Vincent Price.


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