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The Inspector General (1949)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 31 December 1949 (USA)
A town's corrupt officials think a fool is actually an investigator in disguise.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Philip Rapp (screenplay), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Danny Kaye ... Georgi
Walter Slezak ... Yakov
Barbara Bates ... Leza
Elsa Lanchester ... Maria
Gene Lockhart ... The Mayor
Alan Hale ... Kovatch
Walter Catlett ... Col. Castine
Rhys Williams ... Inspector General
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Storyline

An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom they think is traveling in disguise. Fearing he will discover they've been pocketing tax money, they make several bungled attempts to kill him. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Kaye way to chaos and corruption.


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Trivia

The song "Happy Times", written for this film, was a recording hit for numerous artists during the late 1940s and early 1950s. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Georgi first arrives at the village, his position in relation to the soldiers sitting around the table changes between shots. Also the amount of light and shadow on the soldiers varies, with them being in shadow, partial sunlight and full sunlight at different times. See more »

Quotes

The Mayor: The hospital - have you cleaned it up?
Lazlo: Well, you could eat off the floors. We put sheets on the bed, and we got the goats out of surgery. I put charts on the foot of each patient's bed indicating the nature of their illness.
The Mayor: Good. Now at least they'll know what they died from.
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Connections

Version of The Inspector-General (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Medicine Show
(1949) (uncredited)
(aka "Yakov's Elixir")
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Played by Musicians at the Medicine Show
Sung by Danny Kaye
Variations played in the score
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Pleasant Farce With a Fine Cast
12 June 2001 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

A pleasant farce with a fine cast, "The Inspector General" gives Danny Kaye a chance to show off his many talents, and also tells a story that is quite humorous as long as you do not take it too seriously.

Kaye plays Georgi, an illiterate traveling huckster who helps his boss Yakov (Walter Slezak) sell useless medicines to gullible peasants. (The sequence where they try to sell their "elixir" is one of the movie's best scenes.) Georgi visits a small town, where through a series of coincidences, he is mistaken by the town's leaders for the Inspector General, an important official with sweeping powers to punish and reform. Half of the town fawns on him, while the other half panics over what he will discover in his "inspection". Kaye just wants to leave town before they figure out who he really is, but plenty of complications arise that keep things going for quite a while.

Kaye gets to sing, dance, and generally entertain the audience. The supporting cast is filled with fine character actors like Gene Lockhart, Elsa Lanchester, and Alan Hale, who add to the humor. Not a lot of big laughs, but a steady stream of good-natured comedy all the way through.

This is an enjoyable movie recommended for anyone who likes musical comedy.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Times See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,873,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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