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Road Show (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Music | 26 May 1941 (Portugal)
Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity. The joke's on him when he wakes up in an asylum full of comical lunatics. There ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
... Colonel Carleton Carroway
... Penguin Moore
... Drogo Gaines
... Harry Whitman
... Jinx
... Indian
... Priscilla
... Helen Newton
... Ed Newton
... Alice
... Mrs. Newton
... Willie
The Charioteers ... The Charioteers - Musical Ensemble
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Rich playboy Drogo Gaines is in imminent danger of marrying a gold digger, and escapes by feigning insanity. The joke's on him when he wakes up in an asylum full of comical lunatics. There he befriends Colonel Carraway, and together they escape, catching a ride with a beautiful blonde who proves to be Penguin Moore, carnival owner. The adventures of Drogo and the Colonel with Moore's Carnival are replete with Hal Roach slapstick. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Hear songs by Hoagy Carmichael. (One-sheet poster). See more »

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26 May 1941 (Portugal)  »

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Anda Tudo Doido  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in New York City Saturday 28 August 1948 on WPIX (Channel 11), and in Detroit Sunday 28 November 1948 on WWJ (Channel 4), as part of their newly acquired series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »

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I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN YOU YEARS AGO
Written by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics Harris Robison
Song introduction by The Charioteers
Performed by Carole Landis (dubbed by Martha Mears)
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One of the worst films I've seen in a long time
15 November 2009 | by See all my reviews

I really thought that it was impossible for a film starring Adolphe Menjou to be this bad. Menjou was capable of ably playing a variety of characters from villain to tarnished hero, and he was also very able at playing comedy. However, even the talented Menjou cannot save this film. The plot is that young wealthy playboy Drogo Gaines (John Hubbard) gets cold feet on his wedding day, and decides to pretend he is insane. His jilted bride retaliates by having him committed. In the asylum, Gaines meets Carleton Carroway (Adolphe Menjou), and together the two escape and join a traveling carnival. In time, and through a series of comic misadventures, Gaines falls for Penguin Moore (Carole Landis), the beautiful leader of the carnival.

The problem is that besides Menjou, the players are just not that talented, and the jokes are just not that funny. Also, neither the overall plot nor the mismatched romance is very compelling. Cut down to 20 minutes or so, this might have been an OK 1940's comic short, but at 70 minutes it just seems to drag on forever. Hal Roach was capable of much funnier stuff. I would definitely pass on this one.


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