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The Big Hangover (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 May 1950 (USA)
A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but hides from them a secret about a problem he has--he is so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light.

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Norman Krasna

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... David Muldon
Elizabeth Taylor ... Mary Belney
Percy Waram ... John Belney
Fay Holden ... Martha Belney
Leon Ames ... Carl Bellcap
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Fred Mahoney
Selena Royle ... Kate Mahoney
Gene Lockhart ... Charles Parkford
Rosemary DeCamp ... Claire Bellcap
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Lee
Gordon Richards Gordon Richards ... Williams, the Chauffeur
Matt Moore ... Mr. Rumlie
Pierre Watkin ... Samuel C. Long
Russell Hicks ... Steve Hughes
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Storyline

A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but doesn't tell them about a problem he has--he's so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Van's New Girl - What a Dish!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drink to Me Only See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,026,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,320,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,626,000, 31 December 1950
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film barely broke even at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $25,000 ($265,000 in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

David Muldon: Why couldn't I just have gotten shot in the war, like everybody else?
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Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleepy Time Gal
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Joseph R. Alden
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Big Hangover ** Sleep this One Off
25 June 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

It's hard to believe that just 4 years after this ridiculous film, Johnson and Taylor costarred in the memorable "The Last Time I Saw Paris." That was a picture.

The problem with this film is that the sub-plot would have made the ideal plot. A Chinese doctor is refused admission into his apartment due to racism and bigotry. This would have made for a fascinating problem especially in an era when the movies was searching for relevant social problems of the period.

Instead, we are given an inane film where every time Johnson even sips a drink, he goes absolutely bonkers. Come to think of it, this is insulting to people who have drinking problems.

Taylor talks in a voice that was appropriate for "National Velvet" but certainly not 6 years later when she was older.

Any decent acting here is done by veteran pro Leon Ames, as a city official. His one scene stealer towards the end is memorable.


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