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Champagne for Caesar
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Hans Jacoby (story) and
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Release Date:
11 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
...the bubbliest, frothiest, tickliest comedy!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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You'll need a doctor to stitch you up after laughing your sides off See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Ronald Colman ... Beauregard Bottomley

Celeste Holm ... Flame O'Neil

Vincent Price ... Burnbridge Waters

Barbara Britton ... Gwenn Bottomley

Art Linkletter ... Happy Hogan
Gabriel Heatter ... Announcer
George Fisher ... Announcer

Byron Foulger ... Gerald
Ellye Marshall ... Frosty (as Ellie Marshall)
Vici Raaf ... Waters' Secretary (as Vicki Raaf)
John Eldredge ... Executive No. 1

Lyle Talbot ... Executive No. 2
George Leigh ... Executive No. 3

John Hart ... Executive No. 4

Mel Blanc ... Caesar (voice)

Peter Brocco ... Fortune Teller
Brian O'Hara ... Buck (T Man)
Jack Daly ... Scratch (T Man)
Gordon Nelson ... Lecturer

Herbert Lytton ... Chuck Johnson
George Meader ... Mr. Brown
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Albert Einstein ... Himself

Robert Clarke ... Actor in Movie at Drive-In (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Backstage Extra at Hollywood Bowl (uncredited)

Sayre Dearing ... Audience Extra (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Backstage Woman at Hollywood Bowl (uncredited)
Jack George ... Milady Soap Executive (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Little Bo-Peep (uncredited)

Jean Spangler ... TV Studio Audience Member (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Television Viewer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Whorf  (as Richard B. Whorf)
 
Writing credits
Hans Jacoby (story) and
Frederick Brady (story) (as Fred Brady)

Hans Jacoby (screenplay) and
Frederick Brady (screenplay) (as Fred Brady)

Produced by
George Moskov .... producer
Joseph H. Nadel .... associate producer
Harry M. Popkin .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Ivano (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh Bennett 
 
Art Direction by
George Van Marter 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Mapes 
 
Costume Design by
Maria P. Donovan  (as Maria Donovan)
 
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup artist
Ted Larsen .... makeup artist
Scotty Rackin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Chooluck .... assistant director
Ralph Slosser .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mac Dalgleish .... sound recordist
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist (as Hugh McDowell)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Teitelbaum .... furs
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... musical director
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
John Claar .... technical assistant
Robert Forward .... technical assistant (as Robert H. Forward)
Harry M. Popkin .... presenter
 

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99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Trivia:
Acting debut of Art Linkletter. (He played himself in his first film, People Are Funny (1946).)See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Happy Hogan:Hi!
Beauregard Bottomley:Mr Hogan, you are most unwelcome here.
Gwenn Bottomley:He's taking lessons.
Beauregard Bottomley:My dear Happy Hogan, at the last count there was ten thousand, four hundred and eighty-two piano teachers in greater Los Angeles. Your appearance here suggests an ulterior design.
Gwenn Bottomley:But I think he's really interested in the piano and I'd like us to continue what we started... with the piano.
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Soundtrack:
Rock-a-bye BabySee more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
You'll need a doctor to stitch you up after laughing your sides off, 26 May 2000
Author: JB-12 from Long Island NY

There is no way that you can present a synopsis of this film that can make it appealing. Here is a film that stars Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Celeste Holm and Art Linkletter???? The plot includes a soap company, a quiz show and a talking parrot. Not only does this film work, it is one of the most riotous comedies ever filmed.

It is the incongruity (and thus the brilliance) of the casting that makes this successful. Colman who is so well known for his romantic voice and looks and just coming off as Oscar winning performance in the dark but brilliant "A Double Life" plays Bouregard Bottomley, a man who knows "everything about everything", except how to get a job. He goes to the Milady Soap Company and is almost hired except he had the audacity to make a joke in front of company President Birnbridge Waters, played by Vincent Price. It seems that Milady sponsors a quiz program and Bottomley decides to go on as a contestant and take Price for all he is worth and thereby hangs this uproarious tale.

For all of the dramatic accomplishments by the principals, Colman, Price and Holm are tremendously funny with Price as a particular standout. He goes way over the top (similar to James Cagney in the equally as funny "One, Two, Three") but he is perfect.

The real surprise is Art Linkletter. Having made his reputation as a rather bland variety show host in radio and the early days of television, he comes off very effectively as both the quiz show and the romantic lead. This was his only acting appearance and it is too bad. He was very good.

This film demands several viewings. Often you are laughing so hard you miss some great lines.

The Champaign in the title does not go solely to Caesar (a talking parrot). It goes to all involved with this classic. Here's to you.

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