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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 »

Director:

Hal Roach

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Eric Hatch (from the novel by), Arnold Belgard (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adolphe Menjou ... Colonel Carleton Carroway
Carole Landis ... Penguin Moore
John Hubbard ... Drogo Gaines
Charles Butterworth ... Harry Whitman
Patsy Kelly ... Jinx
George E. Stone ... Indian
Margaret Roach ... Priscilla
Polly Ann Young ... Helen Newton
Edward Norris ... Ed Newton
Marjorie Woodworth ... Alice
Florence Bates ... Mrs. Newton
Willie Best ... Willie
The Charioteers The Charioteers ... The Charioteers - Musical Ensemble
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1941 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Anda Tudo Doido See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. It first aired in Boston Sunday 26 June 1949 on WBZ (Channel 4), and in Atlanta Sunday 28 August 1949 on WSB (Channel 8). See more »

Quotes

Jinx: Hurry up, Drogo. Ah can't hold 'em much longer. They're waitin' for you.
Drogo Gaines: The lions?
Jinx: No, the people, silly.
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This Will Scrape Your Funny Bone Dry
29 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I have to agree with the two previous reviewers. I can't believe this film hasn't got more of a reputation than it does. It's a non-stop laugh from start to finish.

The players in Road Show look like they're having a marvelous time in this film. Hal Roach must have kept a really loose and happy set for these people to have put in the work they did.

Millionaire playboy John Hubbard gets cold feet at the altar and his gold digging bride gets him committed to an asylum. While there he meets Adolphe Menjou who's another millionaire there for a rest cure from his grabby family.

The two make an escape and wind up in a carnival owned by Carole Landis and from then on it's one mad plot situation after another.

Adolphe Menjou was a player of extraordinary range. In silent films with that waxed mustache he was usually villains, but in sound he played a good range of serious characters. Yet he had a funny side to him that when it was displayed could be hilarious. We saw more than hints of it in films like Broadway Gondolier and Gold Diggers of 1935. But here as the center of the film, he really explodes on the screen. I've never seen him funnier.

Possibly because it did not star any of the great comic actors, just a whole lot of good players doing their shtick, Road Show does not stand out in the Hal Roach list of comedy masterpieces. That's a pity because this shows what Roach could do without people like Laurel and Hardy to star in a film for him.

Don't ever miss this if it's broadcast again.


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