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Gaily, Gaily (1969)

To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ben Harvey
... Lil
... Francis Sullivan
... Axel P. Johanson
... Tim Grogan
... Adeline
... Dunne
... The Governor
... Lilah Letterby
... Father
... Dr. Lazarus
Joan Huntington ... Kitty
Merie Earle ... Granny
... Mother
... Virgil Harvey
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To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's about an era of sin and wickedness, when crooks were the good guys and a house was a home... See more »

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Rated R for brief nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »
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23 March 1970 (Denmark)  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

This was originally going to be produced by Cleopatra (1963)'s Walter Wanger in 1964. See more »

Goofs

In a seduction scene, Melodie Johnson tears open Beau Bridges' shirt, revealing a smooth chest. They are interrupted by George Kennedy who chases Bridges out of the house. When Bridges turns to shout back at Kennedy, his shirt is still unbuttoned but there is hair all over his chest. See more »

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Ben Harvey: It all sex and money! Sex and money!
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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Tomorrow Is My Friend
Sung by Jimmie Rodgers
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
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Gaily, Gaily was an uneven period comedy that was still pretty enjoyable
5 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

Just watched this Beau Bridges/Norman Jewison film on Netflix streaming. Based on Ben Hecht's memoirs, Bridges plays the author as Ben Harvey who comes to Chicago in 1910 to make it as a writer. There he encounters Melina Mercouri as a madam, Brian Keith as his reporter mentor, Hume Cronyn as a crooked businessman, George Kennedy as another shady figure, and Margot Kidder-in her film debut-as Bridges' first time. Plenty of period atmosphere with some quite funny lines and scenes but I have to admit that I was confused by some of the characterizations and action set pieces. Still, it was fascinating to watch so on that note, Gaily, Gaily is worth a look.


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