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Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 11 May 1950 (USA)
In order to get even with the pompous president of a soap company, an eccentric genius goes on his quiz show in order to bankrupt his company.

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Richard Whorf (as Richard B. Whorf)

Writers:

Hans Jacoby (story), Frederick Brady (story) (as Fred Brady) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Colman ... Beauregard Bottomley
Celeste Holm ... Flame O'Neil
Vincent Price ... Burnbridge Waters
Barbara Britton ... Gwenn Bottomley
Art Linkletter ... Happy Hogan
Gabriel Heatter Gabriel Heatter ... Announcer
George Fisher George Fisher ... Announcer
Byron Foulger ... Gerald
Ellye Marshall Ellye Marshall ... Frosty (as Ellie Marshall)
Vici Raaf ... Waters' Secretary (as Vicki Raaf)
John Eldredge ... Executive No. 1
Lyle Talbot ... Executive No. 2
George Leigh George Leigh ... Executive No. 3
John Hart ... Executive No. 4
Mel Blanc ... Caesar (voice)
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Storyline

What happens when the man who knows everything goes on a quiz show that doubles your cash prize every time a you answer a question correctly? Beauregard Bottomly is that man & what happens is you end up with 40 million dollars at stake. Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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...the bubbliest, frothiest, tickliest comedy!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botta senza risposta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to Beauregard Bottomley's alcohol-loving parrot Caesar, voiced by Mel Blanc. See more »

Goofs

When Ronald Colman, Barbara Britton and others watch TV in the shop window they would not be able to hear any sound through the store glass. However, to draw crowds to sell TVs or just attract customers, stores circa 1950 mounted loudspeakers to carry broadcast sound to passersby in front. See more »

Quotes

Gerald: Does Polly want a cracker?
Caesar (voice): Polly wants a drink, let's get loaded.*hiccup*
Gerald: He says the darnest things, doesn't he?
Caesar (voice): How about a short one, how about a short one?
Beauregard Bottomley: [to Caesar] You've had your quarter for the day. As I told you before, Gerald, neither I nor my sister taught him these expressions. His former master must have been the greatest reprobate since the emperor Nero.
Gwenn Bottomley: We found him one night leaning up against a lamppost. He couldn't remember where he lived.
Beauregard Bottomley: He still can't.
Gwenn Bottomley: Now we have him down...
[...]
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Crazy Credits

Opening and closing credits run against a background of champagne bubbles. See more »

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Referenced in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Rock-a-bye Baby
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You'll need a doctor to stitch you up after laughing your sides off
26 May 2000 | by JB-12See all my reviews

There is no way that you can present a synopsis of this film that can make it appealing. Here is a film that stars Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Celeste Holm and Art Linkletter???? The plot includes a soap company, a quiz show and a talking parrot. Not only does this film work, it is one of the most riotous comedies ever filmed.

It is the incongruity (and thus the brilliance) of the casting that makes this successful. Colman who is so well known for his romantic voice and looks and just coming off as Oscar winning performance in the dark but brilliant "A Double Life" plays Bouregard Bottomley, a man who knows "everything about everything", except how to get a job. He goes to the Milady Soap Company and is almost hired except he had the audacity to make a joke in front of company President Birnbridge Waters, played by Vincent Price. It seems that Milady sponsors a quiz program and Bottomley decides to go on as a contestant and take Price for all he is worth and thereby hangs this uproarious tale.

For all of the dramatic accomplishments by the principals, Colman, Price and Holm are tremendously funny with Price as a particular standout. He goes way over the top (similar to James Cagney in the equally as funny "One, Two, Three") but he is perfect.

The real surprise is Art Linkletter. Having made his reputation as a rather bland variety show host in radio and the early days of television, he comes off very effectively as both the quiz show and the romantic lead. This was his only acting appearance and it is too bad. He was very good.

This film demands several viewings. Often you are laughing so hard you miss some great lines.

The Champaign in the title does not go solely to Caesar (a talking parrot). It goes to all involved with this classic. Here's to you.


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