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Gaily, Gaily (1969)

To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Jewison

Writers:

Abram S. Ginnes (screenplay), Ben Hecht (novel)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Beau Bridges ... Ben Harvey
Melina Mercouri ... Lil
Brian Keith ... Francis Sullivan
George Kennedy ... Axel P. Johanson
Hume Cronyn ... Tim Grogan
Margot Kidder ... Adeline
Roy Poole ... Dunne
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... The Governor
Melodie Johnson ... Lilah Letterby
John Randolph ... Father
Charles Tyner ... Dr. Lazarus
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Kitty
Merie Earle Merie Earle ... Granny
Claudia Bryar ... Mother
Eric Shea ... Virgil Harvey
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Storyline

To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It's about an era of sin and wickedness, when crooks were the good guys and a house was a home... See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief nudity/sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1970 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chicago, Chicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Galena, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Walter Mirisch originally planned for Ava Gardner to play the part of the brothel madame. See more »

Goofs

In a seduction scene, Melodie Johnson tears open Beau Bridges' shirt, revealing a smooth chest. They are interrupted by George Kennedy who chases Bridges out of the house. When Bridges turns to shout back at Kennedy, his shirt is still unbuttoned but there is hair all over his chest. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Gorson: [about why Ben is comatose] I can't understand it. Medically, I can't understand one bit.
Granny: Well, his juices are all dammed up.
Mother: [covering young Virgil's ears] Mother!
Granny: That's all that's wrong with him, his juices are all dammed up.
Father: [exasperated] Oh!
Granny: Oh, how do you expect to raise a boy when his juices all dammed up, and get a man?
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Connections

Referenced in The Directors: The Films of Norman Jewison (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

There's Enough to Go Around
Lyrics by Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
Music by Henry Mancini
Performed by Melina Mercouri (uncredited)
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Read The Book
11 December 2000 | by hillariSee all my reviews

Ben Hecht wrote a book detailing his experiences as a reporter in Chicago during the early part of the century. It is more entertaining than this mix mash of a movie that jumps all over the place. The film has its moments. However, there are too few of them to see. The colorful characters that Hecht crossed paths with are watered down in this movie.


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