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World Premiere (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 August 1941 (USA)
A producer devises an elaborate gala premiere for his latest anti-Nazi propaganda epic.

Directors:

Ted Tetzlaff, Otis Garrett (uncredited)

Writers:

Earl Felton (screenplay), Earl Felton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Barrymore ... Duncan DeGrasse
Frances Farmer ... Kitty Carr
Eugene Pallette ... Gregory Martin
Virginia Dale ... Lee Morrisson
Ricardo Cortez ... Mark Saunders
Sig Ruman ... Franz von Bushmaster (as Sig Rumann)
Don Castle ... Joe Bemis
William Wright ... Luther Shinkley
Fritz Feld ... Field Marshal Muller
Luis Alberni ... Signor Scaletti
Cliff Nazarro ... Peters
Andrew Tombes ... Nixon
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A producer devises an elaborate gala premiere for his latest anti-Nazi propaganda epic.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espiões do Eixo See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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When original director Otis Garrett fell ill, it gave the first opportunity in the director's chair for noted cinematographer Ted Tetzlaff. During the next five years he would direct several more films but work mainly as a Director of Photography before becoming strictly a director. See more »

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Feeble Comedy
5 January 2002 | by hamilton65See all my reviews

Although I only saw this once in the early 80's I remember it as an unfunny, insubstantial satire on Hollywood with a deteriorating Barrymore as Rupert De Grasse, film director for Miracle Films, and a poor immitation of his classic turn as Oscar Jaffe in "Twentieth Centruy", even down to a his "I close the iron door" line.

Though it was made in the midst of his self ridicule period, Barrymore doesn't make such a spectacle of himself in this, in fact he makes very little impact at all since despite his top billing he's in the movie very little. Most of this shapeless movie concentrates on the shenanigans of Nazi Fritz Feld and De Grasses annoying double talking side kick who reminded me of one of Dick Dastardly's cohorts. The story for what it's worth deals with the desperate producer/director's attempt to drum up publicity for his newest movie, one of a long line of disastors.

This movie is such a waste of time, even for Barrymore addicts, who'll feel short changed and bored by all the subplots. Admittedly the last scene with various critics trying to make sense of the chopped up film De Grasse finally premieres is quite droll. Otherwise avoid.


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