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Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 26 November 1949 (USA)
A young comic plays second-rate nightclubs and chintzy resorts in his struggle to break into the big time.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Jack Rose (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Milton Berle ... Kipling 'Kip' Cooper
Virginia Mayo ... Nancy Eagen
Ruth Roman ... Fay Washburn
Bert Lahr ... Eddie Eagen
Alan Hale ... Sam Washburn
Grace Hayes ... Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn
Jerome Cowan ... Elliott Montgomery
Lloyd Gough ... Monte Wilson
Ransom M. Sherman Ransom M. Sherman ... Henry 'Hank' Richards (as Ransom Sherman)
Iris Adrian ... Julie Adams
Wally Vernon ... Wally Vernon - Comic
Cecil Stewart & His Royal Rogues Cecil Stewart & His Royal Rogues ... Specialty Act Group
O'Donnell & Blair O'Donnell & Blair ... Specialty Act
Max Showalter ... Comet Pen Salesman
The Moroccans The Moroccans ... Specialty Act
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Storyline

Kip Cooper, a successful comedy star, is the hit of the nation starring on his own television show. His agent, in flashback, tells a young, inexperienced comedian how Cooper rose to the top, mostly running over others on the way. Copper was a small-time comedian who worked upwards through sheer aggressiveness. He double-crosses his sweetheart after she gets him a big break, lies, cheats and steals material in his efforts to succeed. But, he sees the light. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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We're Berle-ing them Over!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Naurukoulu See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the audition scene with Virginia Mayo, Berle imitates an upper-crust type, wearing a monocle and a robe or smoking jacket with an Art Deco-esque print. This unusual-looking garment was used in a movie at least once previously. It was worn by Monty Woolley in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). See more »

Goofs

When Kip Cooper (Milton Berle) asks his agent Wilson (Lloyd Gough) to call Eddie Eagen (Bert Lahr) about replacing him in the show, Wilson picks up the phone and starts talking without dialing. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Gracie Kennedy Washburn: I'm not the girl I used to be. I'm beginning to think I never was.
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Connections

Referenced in The Milton Berle Show: Episode #2.11 (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Frühlingsstimmen, Op. 410 (Voices of Spring)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played by the band and sung by Madame Rosée
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Pure corn....
19 September 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Always Leave Them Laughing" is an interesting curio in many ways, but isn't a particularly good movie. Let me explain. When this film was made back in 1949, Milton Berle was the biggest name on television and much of his show's success was based on Berle doing t the sort of shtick he'd been doing for years in Vaudeville. So, here you get to see a semi-autobiographical film where Berle does a lot of the corny and over-the-top routines that made him famous. However, and this is VERY important, a lot of it just isn't funny. The jokes are so old and familiar that many viewers will recognize them and the rest fall pretty flat. Worst of all is the cop routine by Bert Lahr--that REALLY aged poorly. Yes, he was popular in the good old days but today this seemed very tired and cringe-worthy at times. Another thing that will make you cringe is seeing Berle do a third-rate Jolson routine--in black- face! Plus, Berle's character was, at times, really difficult to like.

Is it all bad? No. When Berle isn't trying to be funny he's pretty good. And, it's surprising to see how limber and graceful he is when he dances--and several of the dance numbers (particularly with Lahr) were nice. But this just isn't enough. The film is a window into a bygone era...one that just doesn't work or entertain in the 21st century.


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