Louisiana Purchase (1941)

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The Irving Berlin-Morrie Ryskind Broadway musical hit Louisiana Purchase came to the screen with surprisingly few emendations in 1941. Bob Hope replaces Broadway's William Gaxton in the role of innocent political flunkey Jim Taylor, set up to take the fall for wholesale graft by a group of corrupt Louisiana politicians. Taylor's friendly adversary is bumptuous U.S. senator Loganberry (Victor Moore, repeating his stage role), whose efforts at reform only end up getting him in hot water as well. Loganberry solves his own problems by marrying Mme. Bordelaise (Irene Bordoni), the temptress who'd been sent out to place him in a compromising position, forcing Taylor to straighten out the mess himself in a hilarious climactic courtroom filibuster. ("If it's good enough for James Stewart, it's good enough for me.") Some of the satirical bite of the Broadway version had to be blunted for movie-audience consumption, though Paramount managed to avoid potential lawsuits by using a device which originated in the play: an amusing opening "opera bouffe" wherein it was established beyond all doubt that Louisiana was a totally mythical state! (At one point, a bevy of chorus girls sing the "any resemblance to actual persons living or dead" disclaimer.) On a historical note, Louisiana Purchase was Bob Hope's first Technicolor appearance.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Universal Studios Home Video

Cast

Bob Hope
as Jim Taylor
Jean Wallace
as Louisiana Belle
Raymond Walburn
as Col. Davis Sr.
Victor Moore
as Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
Dona Drake
as Beatrice
Robert Warwick
as Speaker of the House
William Wright
as Ambulance Driver
Barbara Britton
as Louisiana Belle
Dave Willock
as Bellhop
Frank Albertson
as Davis Jr.
Catherine Craig
as Saleslady
Andrew Tombes
as Dean Manning
Frances Gifford
as Saleslady
Donald MacBride
as Police Captain Whitfield
Emory Parnell
as Lawyer
Donald Kerr
as Jester
Vera Zorina
as Marina Von Minden
Kay Aldridge
as Louisiana Belle
Phyllis Ruth
as Emmy-Lou
Margaret Hayes
as Louisiana Belle
Edgar Dearing
as House Detective
Irene Bordoni
as Madame Yvonne Bordelaise
Iris Meredith
as Lawyer's Secretary
Eleanor Stewart
as Louisiana Belle
Jack Norton
as Jester
Floyd Shackelford
as Doorman at Nite Club
Maggie Hayes
as Louisiana Belle
Barbara Slater
as Louisiana Belle
Lynda Grey
as Louisiana Belle
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Louisiana Belle
Alaine Brandes
as Louisiana Belle
Patsy Mace
as Girl Jester
Joy Barlowe
as Girl Jester
John Hiestand
as Radio Announcer
Louise LaPlanche
as Louisiana Belle
Brooke Evans
as Louisiana Belle
Tom Patricola
as Cab Driver
Blanche Grady
as Louisiana Belle
Louise La Planche
as Louisiana Belle
Charles Lasky
as Danseur
Maggie Hayes
as Louisiana Belle
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Critic Reviews for Louisiana Purchase

All Critics (1)

This pic is so lame, even the Irvin Berlin musical numbers stink.

Full Review… | July 10, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Louisiana Purchase

½

Colorful Paramount musicomedy based on the hit Irving Berlin stage show; the film version loses most of the music, and the hit song ("It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow") is heard mostly in the background. Moore, Zorina and Bordoni repeat their stage roles, and Hope spoofs Jimmy Stewart's filibuster from MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Very funny Bob Hope movie, filled with his unique brand of dry humor. Vera Zorina is a bland love interest, but the supporting cast is great, especially Victor Moore. Great costumes and fine sets.

James Higgins
James Higgins
½

Very funny Bob Hope movie, filled with his unique brand of dry humor. Vera Zorina is a bland love interest, but the supporting cast is great, especially Victor Moore. Great costumes and fine sets.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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