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Pardon My Past (1945)

An ex-GI wants to open a mink farm in Wisconsin; but is mistaken for a look-alike, a gambler who owes a lot of money.

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Recently discharged GI's Eddie York and Chuck Gibson are en route to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin to start their own mink farm. While in New York, Eddie is mistaken for wealthy playboy Francis Pemberton and taken to see bookie Jim Arnold, whom Pemberton owes $12,000 in gambling debts. Arnold confiscates Eddie and Chuck's $3,000 savings, and demands the balance by tomorrow. Eddie and Chuck go in search of Francis to get their money back, but with Francis away in Mexico, everyone in the Pemberton household believes Eddie is Francis... Written by L. Hamre

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It's the promise of a rare good time!

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26 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Hett om öronen  »

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Fred MacMurray and William Demarest would later work together on My Three Sons. Demarest played the role of Uncle Charley. See more »

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When Eddie and Chuck go to look up Pemberton in the phone book, entries above, below and in the column to the right are out of alphabetical order. See more »

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Grandpa Pemberton: Yeah, it's you all right. The same worthless, scalawag... wine, women and song. What'd they do, run you out down there?
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Referenced in Charmed: Pardon My Past (2000) See more »

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Don't think through the plot too much--just sit back and enjoy
9 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie that is incredibly enjoyable but if you think too much, then your head might explode--the plot is THAT crazy! However, if you can turn off your brain and just enjoy, then you'll have a great time.

Fred MacMurray stars in dual roles--Eddie York AND Francis Pemberton. It seems that neither man knows the other exists and they are exact duplicates. The problem is that Eddie and his buddy, Chuck (William Demarest), don't realize that Pemberton's life is a mess and Pemberton had left the country owing a large gambling debt. The gambler thinks that Eddie is Francis and threatens to kill him unless he is paid $12,000 immediately! So in desperation, York locates Pemberton's mansion to try to get the money. However, as he's an exact duplicate, everyone there thinks he's Pemberton as well!

The plot, though very contrived and practically impossible, the way they explain everything is actually pretty clever. Plus the film abounds with great writing and dialog--giving the actors plenty with which to work. Particular standouts in the film were Akim Tamiroff and especially sweet old Henry Davinport--who gives one of his funniest and best supporting performances. A really cute and enjoyable film--and one that should be better known, as it's exceptionally well executed.


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