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Buy Me That Town (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 October 1941 (USA)
With the gang business washed up, Rickey Deane, suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran, and Louie Lanzer, a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation ... See full summary »


Eugene Forde


Murray Boltinoff (story), Harry Gourfain (story) (as Harry A. Gourfain) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Nolan ... Rickey Deane
Constance Moore ... Virginia Paradise
Albert Dekker ... Louie Lanzer
Sheldon Leonard ... Chink Moran
Barbara Jo Allen ... Henriette Teagarden
Edward Brophy ... Ziggy
Warren Hymer ... Crusher Howard
Horace McMahon ... Fingers Flint
Richard Carle ... Judge Paradise
Olin Howland ... Constable Sam Smedley (as Olin Howlin)
Rod Cameron ... Tom Gerard
Russell Hicks ... Fred Malcolm
Charles Lane ... J. Montague Gainsborough
Edwin Maxwell ... P.V. Baxter
Pierre Watkin ... Carlton Williams


With the gang business washed up, Rickey Deane, suave first lieutenant to racketeer Chink Moran, and Louie Lanzer, a has-been fighter with itchy fingers, decide to take a peaceful vacation in the country. They are followed by three hard-boiled characters, Fingers, Ziggy and Crusher. Ricky, thinking they are to be rubbed out for deserting Chink, who has been drafted into the Army, stops his car and confronts them. But they merely want to ask Ricky to be their new boss. He declines but promises to call them sometime if the need arises. They are speeding through a Connecticut village and are stopped by yokel Constable Sam Smedley. Judge Paradise, with his daughter Virginia as court clerk, fines them $5.00 each, plus $37 costs - or 30 days in jail. They, while waiting to hear from Jimmy's lawyer, are taken to the cells and are amazed to find the tumbledown jail wide open, with prisoners walking in and out. The door won't lock. The judge explains to Jimmy that Middle Village is ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Omaha Thursday 2 April 1959 on KETV (Channel 7); in Toledo, it first aired 19 September 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Milwaukee 20 October 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), in Pittsburgh 21 October 1959 on KDKA (Channel 2), in Grand Rapids 6 January 1960 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Huntington WV 16 January 1960 on WHTN (Channel 13), in Chicago 7 March 1960 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Columbus 12 May 1960 on WBNS (Channel 10), in Johnstown 26 June 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), and in Detroit 28 July 1960 on WJBK (Channel 2). See more »

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A forgotten gem.
4 May 2005 | by hmpulhamSee all my reviews

"Buy Me That Town" is comedy that now seems to be sadly locked away in Twentieth Century - Fox's film vault. Hopefully , it still exists, and will be rediscovered some day. The script was based on a Damon Runyon story about a racketeer, played by the always excellent Lloyd Nolan, who buys a bankrupt small town, in order to exploit it for taxes, and make it an asylum, or a safe haven for crooks needing protection from the law. Crooks, that is, willing to pay big bucks for that privilege! The local jail turns in quite a place. Bread and water is replaced champagne and steak. As the word gets around, felons from all over descend on the town for safety, and a darn good time. Of course, there are lots of complications, and this cozy relationship of housing big time criminals turns out to have negative aspects -- to say the very least! Eventually, the cynical Nolan turns in to a nice guy, and even brings in a war plant to revive the town's economy. A wonderful cast, and excellent direction from veteran Eugene Forde make this film a delight.

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3 October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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