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Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy , Romance | 11 May 1950 (USA)
In order to get even with the pompous president of a soap company, an eccentric genius goes on his quiz show in order to bankrupt his company.

Director:

Richard Whorf (as Richard B. Whorf)

Writers:

Hans Jacoby (story), Frederick Brady (story) (as Fred Brady) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Beauregard Bottomley
Celeste Holm ... Flame O'Neil
Vincent Price ... Burnbridge Waters
Barbara Britton ... Gwenn Bottomley
Art Linkletter ... Happy Hogan
Gabriel Heatter Gabriel Heatter ... Announcer
George Fisher George Fisher ... Announcer
Byron Foulger ... Gerald
Ellye Marshall Ellye Marshall ... Frosty (as Ellie Marshall)
Vici Raaf ... Waters' Secretary (as Vicki Raaf)
John Eldredge ... Executive No. 1
Lyle Talbot ... Executive No. 2
George Leigh George Leigh ... Executive No. 3
John Hart ... Executive No. 4
Mel Blanc ... Caesar (voice)
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Storyline

What happens when the man who knows everything goes on a quiz show that doubles your cash prize every time a you answer a question correctly? Beauregard Bottomly is that man & what happens is you end up with 40 million dollars at stake. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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...the bubbliest, frothiest, tickliest comedy!

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botta senza risposta See more »

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Production Co:

Harry Popkin Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 5, 1950 with Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Barbara Britton and Art Linkletter reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

When Ronald Colman, Barbara Britton and others watch TV in the shop window they would not be able to hear any sound. See more »

Quotes

Happy Hogan: Hi!
Beauregard Bottomley: Mr Hogan, you are most unwelcome here.
Gwenn Bottomley: He's taking lessons.
Beauregard Bottomley: My dear Happy Hogan, at the last count there was ten thousand, four hundred and eighty-two piano teachers in greater Los Angeles. Your appearance here suggests an ulterior design.
Gwenn Bottomley: But I think he's really interested in the piano and I'd like us to continue what we started... with the piano.
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits run against a background of champagne bubbles. See more »

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Wit and erudition defeat insipidity and treachery.
12 February 2006 | by RamblerRebSee all my reviews

I honestly don't know who could have played these parts better. This film is a masterpiece of casting. Colman manages to make a character who would be despised by most everyone in real life warm and sympathetic. Even his most cutting put-downs are delivered affably and without malice. He wishes to educate, not destroy, and Colman plays it dead-on.

Dated and yet timeless. Fluff with depth. A delightful paradox, well worth the price I paid for the DVD.

P.S: I bought the DVD based on the strength of the Quotes section of this IMDb listing!


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