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Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 26 November 1949 (USA)
A young comic plays second-rate nightclubs and chintzy resorts in his struggle to break into the big time.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Kipling 'Kip' Cooper
... Nancy Eagen
... Fay Washburn
... Eddie Eagen
... Sam Washburn
... Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn
... Elliott Montgomery
... Monte Wilson
Ransom M. Sherman ... Henry 'Hank' Richards (as Ransom Sherman)
... Julie Adams
... Wally Vernon - Comic
Cecil Stewart & His Royal Rogues ... Specialty Act Group
O'Donnell & Blair ... Specialty Act
... Comet Pen Salesman
The Moroccans ... Specialty Act
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Storyline

Kip Cooper, a successful comedy star, is the hit of the nation starring on his own television show. His agent, in flashback, tells a young, inexperienced comedian how Cooper rose to the top, mostly running over others on the way. Copper was a small-time comedian who worked upwards through sheer aggressiveness. He double-crosses his sweetheart after she gets him a big break, lies, cheats and steals material in his efforts to succeed. But, he sees the light. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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We're Berle-ing them Over!

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Comedy | Drama

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26 November 1949 (USA)  »

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Naurukoulu  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Fountain Pen Sketch" was taken from the hit musical (over 400 performances) that opened in New York in 1948, and starred Sid Caesar. Max Showalter, who performs that specialty number in this movie, was also in that opening night cast playing the same role, as well as others. See more »

Goofs

When Kip Cooper (Milton Berle) asks his agent Wilson (Lloyd Gough) to call Eddie Eagen (Bert Lahr) about replacing him in the show, Wilson picks up the phone and starts talking without dialing. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Eagen: [In the hospital] You know this is the best house I ever played? The critic on the Medical Journal gave me four stethoscopes.
Kipling 'Kip' Cooper: Say, eh, you've got a great little wife here, Eddie.
Eddie Eagen: So she keeps telling me.
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Connections

Referenced in Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

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Always Leave Them Laughing
(1949) (uncredited)
Written by Sammy Cahn and Milton Berle
Sung during the opening credits and first scene by Lynn Davis, Lorinne Crawford,
Flo Farmer, Mary Castle, Alice Wallace and Nita Talbot
Reprised by them with Milton Berle at the end
Variations in the score throughout
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Campbell's pork and beans should have this much ham
26 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

My favorite comic will always be Uncle Miltie and he was a scream in this one. Hammy and corny beyond belief, this slapstick had me rolling on the floor. The story involved a up and coming third rate comic trying to break into big time show biz. He must first work second rate clubs and resorts, but finally gets his big shot when taking over a routine for a fellow actor. Lots of good hoofing, sight gags, and joking around in the famous Berle style.


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