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The Big Hangover (1950)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 May 1950 (USA)
A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but hides from them a secret about a problem he has--he is so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light.

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Norman Krasna

Writer:

Norman Krasna
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Johnson ... David Muldon
Elizabeth Taylor ... Mary Belney
Percy Waram ... John Belney
Fay Holden ... Martha Belney
Leon Ames ... Carl Bellcap
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Fred Mahoney
Selena Royle ... Kate Mahoney
Gene Lockhart ... Charles Parkford
Rosemary DeCamp ... Claire Bellcap
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Lee
Gordon Richards Gordon Richards ... Williams, the Chauffeur
Matt Moore ... Mr. Rumlie
Pierre Watkin ... Samuel C. Long
Russell Hicks ... Steve Hughes
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Storyline

A law school graduate is hired by a top law firm but doesn't tell them about a problem he has--he's so allergic to alcohol that one whiff of it and he passes out like a light. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Van's New Girl - What a Dish!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drink to Me Only See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,026,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,320,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,626,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The second "adult" role for Elizabeth Taylor even though she was only 17 years old during production. MGM billed Conspirator (1949) as her first. See more »

Quotes

David Muldon: Why couldn't I just have gotten shot in the war, like everybody else?
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Connections

References The Lost Weekend (1945) See more »

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Sleepy Time Gal
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Music by Richard A. Whiting and Ange Lorenzo
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Joseph R. Alden
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Delightful comedy with outstanding supporting cast.
26 November 2002 | by guil12See all my reviews

This 1950 film was a sleeper at the time and is now considered a classic. Starring Van Johnson [at his peak] and Elizabeth Taylor [at her early MGM grown up best] it tells the tale of a young man with allergies to alcohol and the boss's daughter who crusades to help him overcome his problems. The supporting cast is one of the finest MGM group of veterans ever presented in one film along with a talking shaggy dog [at least Van can hear him].

Percy Warham [notable English actor] and Fay Holden [Judges Hardy's wife] play the parents of Miss Taylor. Edgar Buchanan [that gravel voiced actor from PETTICOAT JUNCTION] outstanding in his role, and Selena Royale play aunt and uncle to Van. Leon Ames [of MEET ME IN ST LOUIS] and Rosemary DeCamp [from TV's LOVE THAT BOB] play a couple struggling to survive in the field of law [she's his wife] with Philip Ahn as a victim of racial malpractice and trick legal maneuverings.

Miss Taylor never looked lovelier in her Edith Head gowns and Van is just plain charming. They both underplay their roles and give very believable performances. Directed and written by Norman Krasna [playwright of KIND LADY, DEAR RUTH, SUNDAY IN NEW YORK] this is well written and directed.

I had the privilege of working with Mr. Buchanan years ago at the Pasadena Playhouse in SEND ME NO FLOWERS. He was wonderful to work with and to know. Having started out as a dentist then turned actor, he had such wonderful funny stories to tell us all.


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