The Inspector General (1949)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

In this adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's play, Danny Kaye plays the illiterate stooge of two-bit medicine-show-entrepreneur Walter Slezak. Abandoned, the starving Kaye wanders into a corruption-ridden Russian village, which is preparing for a visit from the Inspector General. Mistaking Kaye for the royal inspector, the townsfolk fawn on the confused man.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Rapp, Harry Kurnitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 26, 2000
Warner Bros.


as Georgi

as Kovatch

as The Mayor

as Col. Castine

as Inspector General

as Telecki

as Telecki

as Gizzick

as Izzick

as Burbis

as Lieutenant

as Gregor
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Inspector General

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Inspector General

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 19, 2011
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Danny Kaye has some hilarious moments.

February 18, 2008

If you can stand Kaye (oh for a tranquilizer gun!), this one's not bad.

October 1, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

September 5, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Inspector General

This movie is too silly, so much that it misses the mark with its comedy. Kaye is just annoying.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

I wasn't really paying attention, but what I saw wasn't great.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer


a pretty amusing film. Danny Kaye's quirky antics are definitely the highlight. can't say the music did much for me, but the overall story was entertaining and the comedic timing was top-notch. not overly outstanding, but it's still an underrated classic.

The Inspector General Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Inspector General on our Movie forum!