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Louisiana Purchase (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 31 December 1941 (USA)
A bumbling senator investigating graft in Louisiana is the target of a scheme involving a Viennese beauty.


Irving Cummings


Buddy G. DeSylva (short story) (as B.G. DeSylva), Morrie Ryskind (play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bob Hope ... Jim Taylor
Vera Zorina ... Marina Von Minden
Victor Moore ... Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
Irène Bordoni ... Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Dona Drake ... Beatrice
Raymond Walburn ... Col. Davis Sr. aka Polar Bear
Maxie Rosenbloom ... The Shadow aka Wilson
Phyllis Ruth ... Emmy Lou
Frank Albertson ... Robert Davis, Jr.
Donald MacBride ... Capt. Pierre Whitfield
Andrew Tombes ... Dean Albert Manning
Robert Warwick ... Speaker of the House
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Gaston, Waiter
Charles Laskey Charles Laskey ... Danseur
Emory Parnell ... Sam Horowitz, Lawyer


Graft is rampant in the government of a "mythical" Louisiana, and the arrival of U.S. Senate investigator Loganberry brings panic. The chief miscreants shift the blame on to their innocent tool, Jim Taylor, who to save himself must "compromise" the simon-pure Senator Loganberry. As his instrument, Jim selects Marina Von Minden, beautiful Viennese refugee. But matters become complicated when Jim falls for Marina... and she takes a liking for the Senator. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Musical


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Senator Oliver P. Loganberry: You're a pretty smart fella, Mr. Taylor. I kinda wish you were a Republican.
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Version of Musical Comedy Time: Louisiana Purchase (1951) See more »


Written by Irving Berlin
Danced by Vera Zorina and Charles Laskey
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29 November 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Comedian Bob Hope, in his first Technicolor performance, effortlessly portrays Jim Taylor, a political lackey of the Louisiana Purchasing Company who is unaware that he is being gulled, replacing William Gaxton who starred on Broadway in this long-running satirical comedy, featuring music and lyrics by irving Berlin. Although the original work by Morrie Ryskind, with its sardonic savaging of politicians and their methods, is carefully muted in this cinematic version, there remains much to enjoy as Taylor frantically struggles to avoid taking a rap for the misdealings of a coterie of his graftsodden superiors, played effectively by such as Donald MacBride and Frank Albertson. An opera bouffe opening serves to explain to the audience that in order to avoid onerous lawsuits, Louisiana must be accepted as a mythical location, with a bevy of comely singers offering the standard "no resemblance" disclaimer for the decoy State. Victor Moore, Vera Zorina and Irene Bordoni reprise their stage roles from a work sadly seldom performed since, with the veteran director of musicals Irving Cummings doing his best to retain some of its operetta nature and still permit Hope to gambol about as the target of a Congressional investigation headed by Senator Oliver P. Loganberry (Moore). The screen play generally fails to capture the essence of its source, and therefore much of Hope's timing is wasted upon poor material, while Moore is so torpid that he appears to be more sleep deprived than anything else. Raoul Pene Du Bois formulated the beautiful costumes and designed the splendid sets, including that for a traditional dream ballet sequence showcasing prima ballerina Zorina, and plot propelling and witty lyrics by Berlin, although too often cut, enhance the overall production, particularly the delightful title piece, sung and danced to by alluring Dona Drake. The opening scenes fare best, in particular that wherein Emory Parnell, a top studio lawyer, reads the script and then dictates a singspieled letter in rhymed couplets to advise executives against replicating the original show, a very clever and funny beginning to this lavish Paramount motion picture.

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English | French

Release Date:

31 December 1941 (USA) See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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