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There's One Born Every Minute (1942)

The advertising slogans of Jimmy Hanagan (Tom Brown) and the lab reports reveal that the patented prepared pudding invented by Lemuel P. Twine (Hugh Herbert) has a treasure of Vitamin Z and... See full summary »


Harold Young


Robert B. Hunt (screenplay), Robert B. Hunt (story) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Hugh Herbert ... Lemuel P. Twine / Abner Twine / Colonel Cladius Zebediah Twine
Peggy Moran ... Helen Barbara Twine
Tom Brown ... Jimmy Hanagan
Guy Kibbee ... Lester Cadwalader, Sr.
Catherine Doucet ... Minerva Twine
Edgar Kennedy ... Mayor Moe Carson
William Henry ... Lester Cadwalader Jr. (as Scott Jordan)
Gus Schilling ... Professor Asa Quisenberry
Elizabeth Taylor ... Gloria Twine
Charles Halton ... Trumbull
Renie Riano ... Miss Aphrodite Phipps
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Junior Twine (as Alfalfa Switser)
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ... Radio Announcer (as Melville Ruick)
Maude Eburne ... Agatha


The advertising slogans of Jimmy Hanagan (Tom Brown) and the lab reports reveal that the patented prepared pudding invented by Lemuel P. Twine (Hugh Herbert) has a treasure of Vitamin Z and is full of Zumph. Lemuel's daughter, Helen Barbara Twine (Peggy Moran) is in love with Jimmy, but her mother, Minerva (Catherine Doucet), wants her to marry Lester Cadwalader, Jr. (William Henry), son of Lester Cadwalader, Sr. (Guy Kibbee), political boss of the city, and mentor and whip of Mayor Moe Carson (Edgar Kennedy). Cadwalader is backing Twine for Mayor even though he knows he can't win, as he wants to keep a stronger candidate out of the running. But after the discovery of Zumph in Twine's pudding, Cadwalader realizes that Twine will win the election. He has Twine's pudding branded as a fake and Twine as a fraud. But Lemuel comes from a long line of fighting Twines and, as he dozes, his ancestors appear before him telling him to fight to the end. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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GYPS OFF THE OLD BLOCK! (original ad - all caps)




Did You Know?


Theatrical movie debut of Dame Elizabeth Taylor (Gloria Twine). See more »


[The Twine family ghosts want to help Lemuel win the election, but a ghostly matriarch objects]
Agatha: Since when have we become trouble-shooters for dimwit mortals?
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Featured in The Universal Story (1996) See more »

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There's One Born Every Minute marked the debut of Elizabeth Taylor
21 February 2018 | by tavmSee all my reviews

There are two reasons I decided to watch this obscure movie: 1) Elizabeth Taylor-10 at the time-made her film debut here and 2) Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer made one of his post-"Our Gang" appearances here. They play the siblings of much older sister Peggy Moran whose only other film appearance I've seen was in One Night in the Tropics-Abbott & Costello's first movie. Like there, she also plays a humorously aggressive female not resistant to being a bit rude to men. Besides Alfalfa, another former cast member of his former series (though in entries way before his arrival) that appeared here was Edgar Kennedy who was a cop there. Here, he's a mayor who always corrects himself-or tries to-when using wrong contractions. Alfalfa would eventually be a player in my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-and so would a fellow player here-Charles Halton. Neither appeared together there or here. The actual star is Hugh Herbert, a comedian who plays two roles here. I'll just say this was quite funny and screwy with all those players and some plot developments that must be seen to be believed. The version I saw on YouTube was washed out so if this is ever on DVD, I hope to see a clearer copy someday...

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26 June 1942 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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