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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

When Yakov first reads the note from Leza we can see it says "They are trying to kill you. Don't go near the barn." Later, when the woodchopper reads it he says "Don't go near the barn. They are trying to kill you." See more »

Quotes

Kovatch: Oh, I love my family, but I'd give my six kids to get rid of my wife.
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Connections

Referenced in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Onward
(1949) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Sung a cappella a bit by Walter Catlett
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Danny Kaye Is Wonderful
1 August 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

Unfortunately, this film is in the public domain and that means that Alpha Video seems to be the primary supplier. Maybe another version exists, but I saw the Alpha one. While it's not as bad as many public domain films, it has clearly aged and a new transfer would benefit the film greatly.

This film stands out as being a wonderful showcase for Danny Kaye. His best-known films (like "White Christmas") seem to have him more often as the sidekick. This film proves he can be a leading man in his own right, with plenty of humorous acting and some incredible singing. Kaye should be recognized as a bigger star than Bing Crosby.


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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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