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You Can Change the World (1950)

Comedian Jack Benny has his butler, Rochester, call several of his celebrity friends over to the house. Benny introduces them to a Catholic priest, who speaks to them about doing a film for... See full summary »

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Leo McCarey
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester
Jack Benny ... Himself
Ann Blyth ... Herself
Johnny Burke Johnny Burke ... Himself
Bing Crosby ... Himself
Paul Douglas ... Himself
Irene Dunne ... Herself
William Holden ... Himself
Bob Hope ... Himself
James G. Keller James G. Keller ... Himself (as Father James G. Keller)
Jimmy Van Heusen ... Himself
Loretta Young ... Herself
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Storyline

Comedian Jack Benny has his butler, Rochester, call several of his celebrity friends over to the house. Benny introduces them to a Catholic priest, who speaks to them about doing a film for a group called the Christophers. The Christophers are an organization that wants to use different mediums such radio, TV, and film to inspire young people to change the world for the better by pursuing careers in public service like teaching and government work. The priest gives the celebrities a history lesson about the founding of the U.S. and God's role in it, and he asks for their help. Written by brownsbros3

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1950 (USA) See more »

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The Christophers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fatuous nonsense
16 March 2013 | by PumpsieSee all my reviews

A bunch of aging Hollywood stars, scared to death of McCarthyism, take a televised loyalty oath. Their cowardly performances are sickening. Holden looks embarrassed. The attempts at humor are lame in the extreme. They probably submitted a copy of this to Roy Cohn. Were the founding fathers present, or Abe Lincoln, they would have been disgusted. In discussing the Declaration of Independence, no mention is made that the original contained the abolition of slavery, dropped to secure southern votes for independence. I guess you have to give these people credit for recognizing the dangers of McCarthyism and taking steps to cover their butts. Never mind that too many of their more honest colleagues now had ruined lives. This movie is a display of craven cowardice, and lowered my opinion of all involved.


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