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It's a Joke, Son! (1947)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 January 1947 (USA)
When the Daughters of Dixie nominate a candidate for State Senator, the local political machine run by Northerners fears its candidate will be defeated, and chooses her husband as a candidate in order to split the anti-machine vote.


Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)


Robert E. Kent (screenplay), Paul Gerard Smith (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Kenny Delmar Kenny Delmar ... Senator Beauregard Claghorn
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Magnolia Claghorn
June Lockhart ... Mary Lou Claghorn
Kenneth Farrell Kenneth Farrell ... Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis
Douglass Dumbrille ... Big Dan Healey
Jimmy Conlin ... Senator Alexander P. Leeds
Matt Willis ... Ace - Healey's Henchman
Ralph Sanford ... Knifey - Healey's Henchman
Daisy ... Daisy
Vera Lewis ... Hortense Dimwitty
Margaret McWade ... Jennifer Whipple
Ida Moore ... Matilda Whipple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron Foulger ... Groceryman


The first Eagle-Lion film stars Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghorn, his "Allen's Alley" resident-character heard on Fred Allen's radio program. Claghorn was a blustery, one-man-Chamber-of-Commerce for all things Southern, who had no tolerence for anything north of the Mason-Dixon line, although he made allowances for South Philly. The character inspired the creation of one of the most popular of the Warners' cartoon characters, Foghorn Leghorn, who re-worked most of the originals material and style. The title of this movie is a stock line- "it's a joke, son"---he would feed a befuddled Fred Allen each week. In the film, Claghorn gets into some financial difficulties and is forced by a machine-political gang to enter a race for state senator against his wife (Una Merkel) who appears to have a good chance to beat the political hack backed by the machine. Claghorn is in to siphon votes and ensure his wife's opponent will win and is expected to run a campaign that will defeat ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S A HOWL, SON! IT'S A ROAR, SON! IT'S A SCREAM, SON! (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Plaza Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - June 4, 1947 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


Kenneth Farrell receives an "introducing" credit. See more »


Mrs.Magnolia Claghorn: You're wrinkling my antimacassar!
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Spoofed in Rebel Rabbit (1949) See more »


Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings
Heard as a theme
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Beauregard Claghorn for state senator!
7 July 2009 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Beauregard Claghorn is a man proud of his Southern roots. He hates anything that might be deemed Northern. His loyalties are deeply rooted South of the Mason-Dixon line, as he'll tell anyone that asks his opinion. He is married to Magnolia, a strong willed woman and has a lovely young daughter, Mary Lou, who is seeing an ambitious young man, Jeff Davis. The young people would like to get married and settle down to a new kind of business beginning to sweep America: frozen food!

Claghorn comes into some money from the sale of mint to a big firm. When Mary Lou tells about Jeff's plan to invest in a frozen food truck, he decides to give them the money for a down payment. Little prepares him to know that Magnolia has decided to offer the same amount to a patriotic Southern ladies' organization and plans to run for a seat in the state senate. Beauregard decides to enter the contest himself as a way to get some serious money.

"It's a Joke, Son" is a funny film directed by Benjamin Stoloff, featuring Kenny Delmar, a successful comedian, popular in radio during that time. Una Merkel is seen as Magnolia. Lovely June Lockhart appears as Mary Lou.

The film, a running time of only 63 minutes, is a delightful comedy with a few laughs that takes the viewer to a less complicated time in America.

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Release Date:

15 January 1947 (USA) See more »

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Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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