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Stop, You're Killing Me (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 24 July 1953 (Finland)
After the repeal of Prohibition, a beer-maker decides to sell beer legally, but no one wants to buy his revolting beer, and he does not want to force sales.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

James O'Hanlon (screenplay), Damon Runyon (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Remy Marko
Claire Trevor ... Nora Marko
Virginia Gibson ... Mary Marko
Bill Hayes ... Chancellor 'Chance' Whitelaw
Charles Cantor ... Mike
Sheldon Leonard ... Lefty
Howard St. John ... Commissioner Mahoney
Harry Morgan ... Innocence (as Henry Morgan)
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Harriet Whitelaw
Stephen Chase ... Cal Ritter
Don Beddoe ... Clyde Post
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Ryan
Jack Pepper Jack Pepper ... The Singer
Louis Lettieri Louis Lettieri ... Donnie Reynolds
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Storyline

After the repeal of Prohibition, a beer-maker decides to sell beer legally, but no one wants to buy his revolting beer, and he does not want to force sales.

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Damon Runyan's Roarin' Best!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1953 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Le bal des mauvais garçons See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lauren Bacall was offered the female lead, but she refused the role. See more »

Goofs

Repeal of Prohibition was December 5, 1933, but in the opening scene set that day in Manhattan, most people are wearing warm-weather clothing. See more »

Quotes

Mike: I ain't never again voting the ticket of the Democratic party. They muscle in on everybody's racket!
Lefty: Yeah, with them nothing is sacred - including a guy's livelihood!
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Connections

References Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Ain't She Sweet
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Played after Remy first calls San Diego
Sung briefly by a singer at the party
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Thanks to the seasoned cast a fun romp
3 December 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Daffy bit of nonsense that benefits from the perfectly matched leads. Big, brawling, braying Broderick Crawford and the divine Claire Trevor at her brassy, sassy height. As a hood and his wife/moll longing to go straight and enter high society for the sake of their daughter the pair tear it up, Broderick with his over the top performance, which is just right for the material and Claire's more shaded but equally well measured work.

Joining them in the fun are several distinguished character actors, Ned Glass, Sheldon Leonard, Harry Morgan, Margaret Dupont etc., all doing some variant of their patented shtick and adding to the jolly nature of this black comedy.

The only place where this fall short is in the casting of the secondary leads. Neither Bill Hayes, who went on to decades of fame on the daytime soap Days of Our Lives, nor Virginia Gibson make much of an impression against the colorful juggernaut and polished scene stealing of the stars.


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