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Champagne for Caesar (1950)

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.


(as Richard B. Whorf)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Happy Hogan
Gabriel Heatter ...
George Fisher ...
Ellye Marshall ...
Frosty (as Ellie Marshall)
Vici Raaf ...
Waters' Secretary (as Vicki Raaf)
John Eldredge ...
Executive No. 1
Executive No. 2
George Leigh ...
Executive No. 3
Executive No. 4
Caesar (voice)


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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Release Date:

11 May 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Botta senza risposta  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


The quiz program is shown as a TV show complete with cameras on set but is sometimes referred to as a radio show, so it must be broadcast simultaneously on both media. See more »


[Burnbridge Waters is attempting to dissuade Beauregard Bottomley from taking his winnings]
Burnbridge Waters: Oh, don't thank me, Beauregard. Just stay as you are. Walk out of here into the sunshine of a carefree world, wise in the knowledge that I have bestowed on you. For it is my sincere conviction that the only way to be happy is to be poor.
Beauregard Bottomley: My dear Burnbridge, I see your point. I am about to make you the happiest man in the world.
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Grandfather of Truman Show
1 September 1999 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

On one level, Champagne for Caesar showcases the comic talent of Vincent Price and Ronald Colman in one of the best screwball comedies to come from the tail end of Hollywood's golden age. Colman and Price are not two names commonly associated with comedy but as this movie shows they should have been.

This movie deserves to be rediscovered by an audience niche who will appreciate it. On a deeper level this movie displays the willful innocence of the Fifties with a tongue-in-cheek manner. The comedy is both of it's time and mocking the institutions of its time. It is the first movie I know that examines the emerging world of television, crass commercialism and the hypocrisy and hype that it brought with it. You might consider it the grandfather of the Truman Show. A comedy that goes deeper than it first seems. Besides any comedy that uses Mel Blanc as the voice of a parrot is worth looking into.

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