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White Tie and Tails (1946)

Passed | | Comedy | 30 August 1946 (USA)
A wealthy family goes on vacation, leaving their butler in charge of their house. The butler meets a beautiful woman, and soon gets himself in all sorts of trouble.

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Charles Barton (as Charles T. Barton)

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Bertram Millhauser (screenplay), Charles Beahan (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Dan Duryea ... Charles Dumont
Ella Raines ... Louise Bradford
William Bendix ... Larry Lundie
Frank Jenks ... George
Richard Gaines ... Archer
Donald Curtis ... Nate Romero
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. Arkwright
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Mrs. Latimer
John Miljan ... Mr. Latimer
Samuel S. Hinds ... Mr. Bradford
Nita Hunter Nita Hunter ... Betty Latimer
Scotty Beckett ... Bill Latimer
William Trenk William Trenk ... Emil
Patricia Alphin ... Cynthia Bradford
Joan Shawlee ... Virgie (as Joan Fulton)
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Wealthy New Yorker Andrew Latimer , his wife and their two children, Bill,17 and Betty, 15, go on a vacation to Florida and leave their Gotham mansion in charge of Charles DuMont, their impeccable butler. When the family is gone, art-lover and striving-artist Charles informs the chauffeur, George, that he is going to spend his own vacation there in the mansion, enjoying the paintings by Corot, Goya, Degas and others, and the Latimer's fine liqueurs, and George is going to drive him around town as he plays the gentleman. Dining in style at the Club Bergerac, Charles meets Louise Bradford and her stuffy fiancée, Archer Ripley. Charles knows nothing about Louise, other than she carries a revolver in her purse, but is anxious to see her again. He arranges to be near her at the opera, where she is with her father and sister Cynthia. Much to Louise's distress, Cynthia leaves the opera with Nate Romano , a gambler associated with Larry Lundie , a swank gambling house owner. Later, Charles ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rough Guy DURYEA - Tough Guy BENDIX meet Fist to Fist! (reissue changed-title poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Swindlers See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Hedda Hopper Show - This Is Hollywood" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 21, 1946 with William Bendix and Dan Duryea reprising their film roles. See more »

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lots of fun
14 October 2018 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Starving artist Charles Dumont (Dan Duryea) takes a job as a butler in a wealthy family and winds up being indispensable to the entire household. When the family leaves for Florida, Charles decides to spend his vacation in the house, looking at all the gorgeous art and drinking the expensive liquor. He asks the chauffeur (Frank Jenks) to act as his driver as, dressed to the nines, he goes around town posing as a wealthy gentleman.

At one club, Charles sees the beautiful heiress Louise Bradford (Ella Rains). He manages to be in her box at the opera, where she has been accompanied by her sister Cynthia, her father, and her very uptight fiance. Cynthia leaves the opera with a gambler who is involved with Larry Lundie (William Bendix), a casino owner.

The family is very distressed about Cynthia's choice of boyfriend; seeing an in with Louise, Charles says that he thinks he can help. Lots of trouble ensues.

Truly delightful comedy with lots happening, including art theft, bad checks, making the perfect martini, and choosing material for suits. Everyone is top notch. Bendix, who often played a buffoon. works against type as a tough guy running a glamorous casino. Duryea isn't nasty or evil but very smooth and elegant.

All in all, fun.


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