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Gaily, Gaily (1969)

 -  Comedy  -  23 March 1970 (Denmark)
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To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ben Harvey
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Lil
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Francis Sullivan
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Axel P. Johanson
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Tim Grogan
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Adeline
Roy Poole ...
Dunne
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The Governor
Melodie Johnson ...
Lilah Letterby
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Father
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Dr. Lazarus
Joan Huntington ...
Kitty
Merie Earle ...
Granny
Claudia Bryar ...
Mother
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Virgil Harvey
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To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ben Harvey's juices are all dammed up. See more »

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Comedy

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Rated R for brief nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »
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23 March 1970 (Denmark)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Margot Kidder. See more »

Quotes

Ben Harvey: It all sex and money! Sex and money!
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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There's Enough to Go Around
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Melina Mercouri (uncredited)
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Innocent lost in a biographical film

It is a colorful movie, full of wonderful characters. This movie shows the life of a young boy, named Ben Harvey -maybe young Ben Hecht-who tries to succeed as a reporter in Chicago. It features in the cast the beautiful and mercurial Melina Mercouri, who as Madame Lily-owner of a brothel- 'adopts' Ben when he runs to Chicago to prove himself. Melina Mercouri provides the film with one stellar performance, but you can not stop the thought that she is restrained in some scenes, especially in the beginning with an unflattering piece of hair. She even sings a song of Henry Mancini that as far as I know has never been recorded. (Mercouri although never a professional singer, had a wonderful voice that helped here to record some classic songs like 'Never on Sunday'. Keith and Kennedy are good in their but easily forgotten. Bridges provides some somewhat stupid expressions, but his part is never developed, as N.Jewison never gave him directions.


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