The Big Hangover


The Big Hangover

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Nobody sits on the fence so far as The Big Hangover is concerned. Leonard Maltin considers it "predictable, as well as silly and boring," while the late William K. Everson regarded it as one of Hollywood's best and most underappreciated screwball comedies. Examine the premise and judge for yourself: Van Johnson plays David Maldon, an attorney with an acute allergy to liquor. It seems that, during the war, Maldon was nearly drowned in an overstocked wine cellar; ever since that time, he can't even smell booze without becoming inebriated. The young, rich, and pretty Mary Belney (Elizabeth Taylor) does her best to save Maldon from embarrassment whenever he comes into proximity with alcohol. Typical of many postwar comedies, Norman Krasna's screenplay has a sturdy inner lining of social consciousness: Maldon must choose between becoming a partner in a high-profile firm or devoting his time to fighting for the civil rights of minorities. In addition to his scripting chores, Krasna also produced and directed The Big Hangover. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Van Johnson
as David Muldon
Elizabeth Taylor
as Mary Belney
Percy Waram
as John Belney
Fay Holden
as Martha Belney
Leon Ames
as Carl Bellcap
Edgar Buchanan
as Uncle Fred Mahoney
Selena Royle
as Kate Mahoney
Gene Lockhart
as Charles Parkford
Rosemary DeCamp
as Claire Bellcap
Philip Ahn
as Dr. Lee
Matt Moore
as Mr. Rumlie
Pierre Watkin
as Samuel C. Lang
Russell Hicks
as Steve Hughes
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Critic Reviews for The Big Hangover

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • The result makes an odd layer cake composed of alternate slabs of slapstick and preachment, none of it very digestible.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Elizabeth Taylor is warm and appealing as the amateur psychiatrist. Van Johnson, too, is rather subdued and serious here, to just as warming effect.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The Big Hangover, although it runs an uneven course; still is good for some laughs and is deserving of attention.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    New York Times
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  • [An] odd film about a man who gets dizzy at the mere sniff of any alcohol.

    Mar 23, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The cast is so endearing that they do wonders with the silly premise.

    Jan 15, 2006 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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