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The Great Morgan (1946)

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The Great Morgan is an 1945 American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is considered one of the more unusual in the MGM canon in that it is a compilation film ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Frank Morgan ... Frank Morgan
Leon Ames ... K.F. Studio Exec
Carlos Ramírez ... Singer in 'Musical Masterpieces' (archive footage)
Lucille Norman ... Singer in 'Musical Masterpieces' (archive footage)
Eleanor Powell ... Film Character (archive footage)
Virginia O'Brien ... Film Character (archive footage)
The King Sisters The King Sisters ... The King Sisters (archive footage)
Jacqueline White ... Mother in 'Our Old Car' (archive footage)


The Great Morgan is an 1945 American musical-comedy film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The film is considered one of the more unusual in the MGM canon in that it is a compilation film built around a slight plot line, with a running time of less than 60 minutes.

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Comedy | Musical







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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films, the musical numbers featuring Eleanor Powell, Virginia O'Brien with Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, and The King Sisters were numbers shot, but not used, for the 1942 M-G-M picture Ship Ahoy (1942). See more »


Frank Morgan: After all, a man's got to think of his future. Don't forget the years are piling up on me. I'm around 30... well, second time around.
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References Yolanda and the Thief (1945) See more »


Tales from the Vienna Woods
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Lucille Norman and Carlos Ramírez
Sequence originally in MGM short subject Musical Masterpieces (1946).
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An entertaining diversion
5 January 1999 | by Dick-42See all my reviews

Frank Morgan, the professional bumbler, decides he's not getting the respect (and money) he deserves at "the studio," so he calls studio boss "KF" -- Leon Ames -- and demands the job of producing a picture. His proposition is, surprisingly, accepted, and after weeks of Morgan's confused shooting, and going ever farther behind schedule and over budget, KF demands to see the result. Disgusted with the professional editor's inability to make any sense from the available footage, Morgan fires him and cuts and splices the film himself -- after, predictably, dumping the contents of the film storage shelves on the cutting room floor.

In the projection room, the resulting product, of course, turns out to be a disaster. (Everything about this movie and the film-within-the-film is predictable, but who cares?) Interspersed with a bit of inane "original footage" -- some of it, naturally, upside down -- Frank has picked up pieces of other MGM productions, which are presented complete and straight: A "Donkey Serenade" (not Allan Jones'}; a neat Elinor Powell dance sequence; songs by Virginia O'Brien with an unbilled Tommy Dorsey and Band, and by the King Sisters; and two MGM shorts complete with title, credit, and "The End" cards -- the familiar John Nesbitt Passing Parade "Our Old Car," and a "new" (to me and IMDb) Pete Smith Specialty on professional "Badminton," that's worth the price of admission.

A very entertaining little movie, especially if you like Morgan and the films of the '40s. I do.

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