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Look Who's Laughing (1941)

Approved | | Comedy | 21 November 1941 (USA)
Fibber McGee enlists the help of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in enticing an aircraft manufacturer to build a factory in the small town of Wistful Vista. Based on the "Fibber McGee and... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

James V. Kern (story and screen play by), Don Quinn (material for Fibber McGee and Molly) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie McCarthy
Jim Jordan ... Fibber McGee
Marian Jordan ... Molly
Lucille Ball ... Julie Patterson
Lee Bonnell Lee Bonnell ... Jerry
Dorothy Lovett ... Marge
Harold Peary ... Gildersleeve
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Uppington
Walter Baldwin ... Bill
Neil Hamilton ... Hilary Horton
Charles Halton ... Cudahy
Harlow Wilcox Harlow Wilcox ... Mr. Collins
Spencer Charters ... Motel Manager
Jed Prouty ... Mayor
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Fibber McGee enlists the help of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy in enticing an aircraft manufacturer to build a factory in the small town of Wistful Vista. Based on the "Fibber McGee and Molly" radio series. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Comedy

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Trivia

Referenced and part of the plot in the January 11, 1942 episode of the radio comedy "The Great Gildersleeve". The film starred Harold Peary, who was the title character in "The Great Gildersleeve". See more »

Quotes

Rusty: What fools we morons be.
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Crazy Credits

Charlie McCarthy, Edgar Bergen's ventriloquist dummy, is credited as playing himself. See more »

Connections

Followed by Here We Go Again (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

The Battle Cry of Freedom
(1962) (uncredited)
Written by George Frederick Root
Played as background when McGee thinks about being president
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User Reviews

Pure nonsense, effectively produced and acted

As a contributor in the 45+ category, I was amazed and somewhat puzzled to note that the highest scores for this movie came from the 18+ group of viewers, and the LOWEST came from my and older generations who would have remembered fondly Fibber McGee and Molly, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and the Great Gildersleeve as a result of listening to their weekly radio shows. Perhaps the evaluation reflects disappointment at seing their favorites not in their familiar formats (though the writers managed to include most of the familiar tag-lines from both radio shows) Certainly the plot (!) is paper-thin and full of inconsistencies. Still, the performers came across as very likeable and there were more than a few chuckles. Probably because of this, the film was a surprise box-office success in 1941. I watched it on tape last night, and had the same strange feeling as the other IMDB respondent, to see Charlie, not on Bergen's knee, interacting with other actors as though he was human. This was even stranger in the follow-up film Here We Go Again, when a midget dressed as Charlie dances on a ballroom floor. It reminds me of the puppets in Great Gabbo and Dead of Night, where the dummy overrides the personality of the ventriloquist.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De tal palo tal tenorio See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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