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|Also Known As:||Died:||November 18, 1946|
|Born:||July 14, 1878||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||United Kingdom||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Rip Smith's opinion-poll business is a failure...until he discovers that the small town of Grandview is statistically identical to the entire country. He and his assistants go there to run polls cheaply and easily, in total secrecy (it would be fatal to let the townsfolk get self-conscious). And of course, civic crusader Mary Peterman must be kept from changing things too much. But romantic involvement with Mary complicates life for Rip; then suddenly everything changes...
To quote a Marine D.I. in San Diego or John Wayne in several movies, "Listen up, we ain't going to plow this ground twice." In 1947, Hal Roach made a film called "Curly", which was an expanded version of 1930's "Our Gang" short "Teacher's Pet", with Frances Rafferty and Larry Olsen taking the roles played by June Marlowe and Jackie Cooper in the original short. Hal Roach also made a film called "The Fabulous Joe", basically about a drunk, a talking dog, gangsters and Marie Wilson running around in her skivvies. The two films, intended as bottom-half of a double feature, were released about two weeks apart, with "Curly" going out first. "The Fabulous Joe" came about two weeks later. At the same time, the two films were stitched together and offered, with the combined running time of 112 minutes, to exhibitors who didn't play double features. The film listed on this page, "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival", is the result. "Curly" was an attempt by Hal Roach, who no longer owned the rights to "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals") to create a version of "Our Gang" with a new set of kids, which would be known as "Curly and His Gang", and would be feature-length films in Cinecolor. "Curly" was the first one in the series and was followed in 1948 by "Who Killed "Doc" Robbin" with the same kids from "Curly" playing the same roles. Later, "Curly" and "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin" were packaged together as "The Adventures of Curly and His Gang" for theatres and later sold to televison, and there are sources who keep adding the adult cast from the "Doc Robbin" film (Don Castle, Virginia Grey, Claire DuBrey, Paul Hurst and others)incorrectly to the cast of "Curly." The fun part of "Hal Roach's Comedy Carnival" is that it is comprised of two films that are about as opposite of each other as films can be. "The Fabulous Joe" is a screwball comedy filled with double entendre dialogue and scenes and as "Adult" as a film of the 40's could be and still get PCA approval. "Curly", as mentioned, is "Our Gang" updated and in color.
A retired Army officer fights to save his hometown''''s Confederate monument.
A war bride helps her husband adjust to civilian life.
A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results.
An Iowa family finds romance and adventure at the yearly state fair.
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
A girl raised to be a genius gets lost and discovers the simple pleasure of life.
A small-town butcher has problems coping with meat rationing.
A songwriter enrolls in an all-girl school to court a pretty gym teacher.
A bandit from the gold fields moves to San Francisco and tries to go straight.
On a trip to Reno, a Brooklyn showgirl tries to stop a soldier and his wife from divorcing.
Singing sisters create a World War II canteen and become rivals for the same man.
An unemployed reporter tracks down a Nazi spy ring to get his job back.
A pair of bumblers stumble upon Nazi spies on the home front.
A night club employee dreams he's Louis XV, and the star he idolizes is his lady love.
Inhabitants of a Southern California fishing village strive for the simple pleasures of life.
The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war.
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
Show-biz hopefuls stage a benefit for an orphanage.
A reporter digs into the secret life of a recently deceased political hero.
A flirt tries to make her fiance jealous by hiring a gigolo.
A father insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from eldest to youngest.
A fishing boat captain searches for romance in hopes of improving his financial picture.
A Viennese refugee weds a struggling author platonically so she can stay in the U.S.
An author writing a book on jealousy discovers his wife is an expert on the subject.
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game.
A pulp-fiction writer hires a curvaceous blonde to be his muse.
Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.
A braggart masquerades as a primitive throwback.
The legendary outlaw''''s brother eludes the law to avenge Jesse James''''s murder.
A man who''''s presumed dead returns to his family.
Detective Nick Carter tries to stop enemy agents from sabotaging the Panama Canal.
Detective Nick Carter tries to prove a beautiful immigrant innocent of murder.
A Yankee soldier becomes a spy with the help of a beautiful woman.
Battling spouses accidentally switch bodies.
When the studios reject her because she''''s too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own.
True story of the German scientist who devoted his life to curing syphilis.
A small-town seductress'''' romance with a masked bandit goes on hold when she''''s forced to marry a con artist.
A radio star creates a national panic when he announces a Martian invasion.
A man-shy fashion editor pretends to be married until a suitor claims to be her husband.
A gangster's moll runs home to mother, with reporters and amateur detectives hot on her tail.
Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.
A famous detective investigates industrial espionage at a plane factory.
A group of disparate passengers battle personal demons and each other while racing through Indian country.
The future president considers a political career while practicing law.
Michael Linnett Connors takes Molly Adair from Broadway understudy to 1913 Hollywood star. Although she is in love with him, she marries her co-star reckoning wrongly Connors thinks of her only in terms of movies. He fires her in pique, apparently terminally damaging his career.
When a railroad agent kills their mother, Frank and Jesse James take up robbing banks and trains.
A jewel thief faces surprising competition when he tries to rob the police commissioner''''s home.
An orphan in 1850 Missouri gets into a variety of scrapes, including a murder mystery.
An orphan adopted by show people helps them fight off a nasty landlady.
While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.
A New York girl finds love at a summer resort.
A girl from a family of freethinkers falls for the son of a conservative banker.
While at summer camp in the Maine woods, little Bobby Breen befriends composer Basil Rathbone, who left the city to try and break his creative block, and is soon playing matchmaker for his widowed singer mother and Rathbone.
A 19th century con artist rises from medicine shows to Wall Street.
A Texas heiress competes with a gold digger for the love of a playboy.
True story of the Irish politician whose fight for freedom was compromised by his affair with a married woman.
A dress designer tries to break her sister's engagement to a free-living artist, only to discover the man is falling for her instead.
Young lovers (Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray) fall afoul of repressive society as Salem elders get caught up in the witch hunts and trials of 17th century Massachusetts. One family in particular uses the hysteria to its advantage, getting even with everyone for every slight--real or imagined.
An ad man gets his model girlfriend to pose as a debutante for a new campaign.
A radio station''''s newsman rushes to the rescue of his peer, who has been kidnapped by bank robbers.
The children of a divorcee and a widower try to keep their parents apart.
A singer gets mixed up with a grieving family and a haunted house.
A ne''''er-do-well discovers a fortune but can''''t spend it.
When two halves of a thousand-dollar bill are discovered in the snow, the penniless pair that individually grabs each half must come to terms. Actress Julia Wayne needs the whole $1,000, and so does sportsman Larry Stevens. Since compromise will serve neither of their needs, they are stalemated - until complications arise.
Rival newsmen get mixed up with a runaway heiress and a ring of spies.
Actor Philippe Martin and his married date Yvonne plan to neck in a darkened cinema, but he gets the wrong seat and mistakenly kisses lovely Monique, a publisher's daughter. An absurd scandal results; to protect Yvonne, Philippe insists that he was simply overcome by Monique's beauty. This naturally intrigues Monique...but her nominal fiancée feels differently. French bureaucracy is broadly satirized.
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, but Peter is sentenced to life in prison for an accidental killing. Mary comes to him in dreams and they are able to live out their romance in a dream world.
A vice king's girlfriend falls for a young miner.
A business leader goes back to college to keep an eye on his playboy son.
A gangster hides from the law by trading places with a mild-mannered double.
After being unjustly sentenced to prison, a doctor escapes and becomes a notorious pirate.
A New York chorus girl helps an illegal immigrant build a new life in the big city.
A strong-willed patriarch returns from the dead to amend the wrongs he did his family.
A milquetoast has to fight off cops and gangsters when he''''s mistaken for a criminal.
A sea captain caught in a romantic triangle has to fight off modern-day pirates.
A news reporter turns the woman he loves into a media star after she rejects an aristocrat''s marriage proposal.
Vampires seem to be connected to an unsolved murder.
When his pioneering ideas cause problems, a hospital doctor goes into private practice.
A woman thinks the man who loves her is her best friend''s husband.
A con artist and his criminal colleagues move in on a trusting old lady.
A portrait painter is reunited with a lost love when her upcoming memoirs threaten his political career.
An Irish rebel turns in his best friend to earn passage money to America, then has to dodge the suspicions of his cohorts.
Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric Lander. Stage manager in charge Jack Ellery calls in his friend, policeman Bill Murdock, to help him investigate. Bill thinks Jack if offering to let him see the show from an unusual view point, after he forgot to get him tickets for the performance, but then they find the corpse of a murdered women. Bill suspects Eric of the crime, especially, after the second female lead Rita Ross told him she saw the women leaving from Eric's room. Then Rita is shot onstage with Eric's gun. Jack and Bill decide not to stop the show, but Bill preparing to arrest Eric. Is he on the right track ?
A crusading newspaper editor keeps digging into corruption, even when he''''s forced to write advice to the lovelorn.
An ambitious wife backs her husband's political career.
A bond thief, a private eye and a drunken reporter wreak havoc on an ocean voyage.
The Wiggs family plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in their rundown shack with leftover stew, without Mr. Wiggs who wandered off long ago an has never been heard from. Do-gooder Miss Lucy brings them a real feast. Her boyfriend Bob arranges to take Wiggs' sick boy to a hospital. Their other boy makes some money peddling kindling and takes the family to a show. Mrs. Wiggs is called to the hopsital just in time to see her boy die. Her neighbor Miss Mazy wants to marry Mr. Stubbins who insists on tasting her cooking. Mrs. Wiggs sneaks her dishes past Stubbins who agrees to marriage. Mr. Wiggs appears suddenly, in tatters, with just the amount of money (twenty dollars) needed to save the family from foreclosure. Miss Lucy and Bob get married.
A fake doctor sets up a lucrative high-society practice.
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.
In New England circa 1933, a niece is reported missing and presumed dead and Cabot Barr (George Arliss) summons his relatives to the family estate for a memorial service. Once there, Barr taunts each one, claiming their only interest in him is hsi money, and sends them away when the report about the niece proves to be false. Only niece Marjorie, who has ridiculed one of his pet eccentricities, seems to be the object of any sentimental affection. Weeks later, Marjorie and her mother, Augusta (Edna May Oliver) and Allan (Frank Albertson), a young man Barr admires, are invited to Barr manor, where Barr fosters a romance between Marjorie and Allan. When his son, Judd (Donald Meek), seeks to have him declared insane, the shock kills the old man. Again, the family is gathered, a curtain is drawn and the old man appears on a film, and he tells each relative what he is leaving them and why, or why not in the case of Judd who is cut off without a cent. Marjorie is left the bulk of the estate as the old man, on film, declares her to be the only one worthy of carrying on the Barr traditions, and Allan is instructed to marry her and take her name as his family's cognomen. The film and the film within ends with Barr announcing that he hopes to have the pleasure of meeting them all again in another world.
A sleazy lawyer's female assistant sets out to end his cheating ways.
A timid chemistry major becomes a college football star.
Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family. The Gary family fear Grandpa Gary Gary, a copper magnate, for he controls the family fortune. Mrs. Otis Gary, hearing that her son, Dick Gary has been expelled from college, sends Nora to meet Dick at the train station and escort him to his aunt's in Virginia. Dick flirts with Nora. Nora is repulsed, but finds him irresistible. Dick tries to con Nora out of the money his mother gave her. Nora, returns to the Gary home in New York to report the incident to Grandpa Gary. Dick, being Grandpa Gary's favorite dismisses the incident and gives Nora money for her troubles. Nora leaves the Gary's and moves into a lavish hotel under a different name. She meets, Peter Shea, Grandpa Gary's business manager, and they date. Grandpa knowing that Dick is in love with Nora and Nora with Dick, breaks them up. The problem is that Dick believed Nora is in love with Peter, has left...
Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a gangster known as "The Fox" and newspaperman Grant complicate her plans.
When the leading lady of a motion picture is murdered in the middle of a scene, two inspectors are called in to investigate in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1332-1333.
In this short film, a detective is sent to solve the murder among a group of jewel thieves attempting to smuggle diamonds into the U.S. Vitaphone Release 1439-1440.
In this short, a mysterious Chinese merchant and his eccentric upstairs tenants come under suspicion when the skeleton of a man is dug up in an alley. Vitaphone Release 1348-1349.
Two inspectors must solve the deaths of a cellist and a concert hall manager in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1317-1318.
A gold digging wife is murdered on a train during her honeymoon, and it''''s up to Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree to solve the crime in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1375-1376.
In this short film, a forensic expert is called in to solve the murder of two stockbrokers. Vitaphone Release 1291-1292.
In this mysterious short film, a murder occurs during a rainstorm at a remote manor house. Vitaphone Release 1302-1303.
In this short film, two detectives are on the case of a man receiving mysterious death threats. Vitaphone Release 1365-1366.
Two detectives attempt to solve the murder of a wealthy man in this short film. Vitaphone Release 1269-1270.
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