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Man Alive (1945)

Michael McBride is declared dead after a car accident leaving his wife Connie grief stricken. When he reappears he has difficulty convincing people it's him due to the interference of Tolliver and a young Ignatius claiming to be his son.

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Ray Enright

Writers:

John Tucker Battle (story), Edwin Blum (screenplay) (as Edwin Harvey Blum) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Pat O'Brien ... Michael O'Flaherty 'Speed' McBride
Adolphe Menjou ... Kismet
Ellen Drew ... Connie McBride
Rudy Vallee ... Gordon Tolliver
Fortunio Bonanova ... Prof. Zorado
Joseph Crehan ... Dr. James P. Whitney
Jonathan Hale ... Osborne
Minna Gombell ... Aunt Sophie
Jason Robards Sr. ... Henry Fletcher (as Jason Robards)
Jack Norton ... Willie the Wino
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Storyline

Michael McBride is declared dead after a car accident leaving his wife Connie grief stricken. When he reappears he has difficulty convincing people it's him due to the interference of Tolliver and a young Ignatius claiming to be his son.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Amorous Ghost See more »

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Budget:

$738,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary article in The Hollywood Reporter, the riverboat set was specifically built for this film and was the first permanent set of its kind. See more »

Goofs

When Steve slams the hatch on Kismet, there is a newspaper laying on the deck beside the hatch. In the next, closer shot, when Kismet opens the hatch, the newspaper has moved to the corner of said hatch. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nocturne (1946) See more »

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What a Magnificent Mess!
21 April 2016 | by net3431See all my reviews

Sure It's A Stretch! But it's still funny. It even has a pratfall.

Adolphe Menjou plays a mischievous rogue and Pat O'Brien plays himself as always. They meet after Pat's supposed death and Adolphe takes control of the situation with wacky results.

As Menjou says, "What a Magnificent Mess!" It starts out slow but it picks up with increasing momentum until you wish it could slow down. But it can't.

It's a house of card built upon shifting sands. Situations are extremely contrived but it makes for a delightfully wild ride.

I wanted to write this review because there were only 2 reviews, both somewhat negative. Pat O'Brien does not always have to play a cop. He may always be Pat O'Brien, but he fits into this role very plausibly. He is, after all, pulling a fast one, and no one can pull a fast one like Pat O'Brien.

In any case, Adolphe Menjou steals this movie away from him. Adolphe is a very versatile actor and he is one of the few that could pull of his role with any kind of believability.


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