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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.

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Richard Whorf (as Richard B. Whorf)

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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

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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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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Second-billed Celeste Holm doesn't make her appearance until the 49 minute mark. See more »

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When Ronald Colman, Barbara Britton and others watch TV in the shop window they would not be able to hear any sound through the store glass. However, to draw crowds to sell TVs or just attract customers, stores circa 1950 mounted loudspeakers to carry broadcast sound to passersby in front. See more »

Quotes

Burnbridge Waters: I now believe that we have a Frankenstein on our hands, and a very well-informed Frankenstein. He must be stopped!
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Opening and closing credits run against a background of champagne bubbles. See more »

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two words: Vincent Price
13 May 2006 | by itsbarrieSee all my reviews

Why this movie is not considered up there with the great comedies of the 1950's is beyond me - I mean, Some Like It Hot is funny for two viewings, tops. There are scenes in this movie that never ever fail to make me laugh, and I've seen the film six or seven times by now. All of these are scenes with Vincent Price, who gives what is probably among the top five comedic performances in the history of American film here -- at least if you consider those by non-comedians. It's no surprise that Price could go over the top, as he did in all those Roger Corman horror movies, but here, it's expressly for comic effect (rather than camp effect -- not the same thing). He was at a transitional point in his career: he was through playing hunky-but-wimpy second male leads and tormented romantic heroes, and was soon to embark on his second career as Mr. Drive-In Horror Movie Star. So this is really his only true comedy performance, and he is brilliant as corporate nutjob Burnbridge Waters.

Everybody else here is great*: Ronald Colman is simply perfect as Beauregard Bottomley, an unemployable with a genius range IQ. (I am of the opinion that Alex Trebek wanted to grow up to be Ronald Colman -- not necessarily as this character, just in general). Celeste Holm is great as always as temptress Flame O'Neill, hired by Waters to rattle Colman's character to the point where he starts losing on the quiz show. She's very much in the tradition of Carole Lombard: beautiful and a super actress in anything, very adept at comedy and always intensely likable. Barbara Britton as Bottomley's sister Gwenn is another charmer, cute as a bug's ear.

*Then there's Art Linkletter: OK, he's great as the quiz show host -- he did that for a living in real life. But there's something kinda creepy about him, plus he's no matinée idol, and I always feel a little skeeved at his scenes romancing Barbara Britton. It's taken as gospel that no unattached lead character remain unattached at the end of a movie, but couldn't they have paired her off with one of Waters' employees, a cab driver, ANYBODY? OR could they have hired some second-tier pretty boy to play Linkletter's role? This is my only quibble with the film, and it's why I rate it a 9 rather than a 10.


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