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|Also Known As:||Died:||January 1, 1982|
|Born:||February 20, 1911||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Canterbury, England, GB||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Cast (feature film)
A French peasant girl follows the advice of angels to lead her country against British invaders.
A jailed thief creates an opera based on his exploits.
A pirate gets mixed up in a Caribbean revolution.
Hypnotist uses his powers for revenge against King Louis XV's court.
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.
French pirate Jean Lafitte tries to redeem his name helping the U.S. in the War of 1812.
A Russian courier struggles to deliver a message to the troops fighting Tartar invaders.
A wily defense attorney changes his tune when he''''s named district attorney.
A wrestling promoter helps an opera singer with his love life.
A man with amnesia fights to prove himself innocent of murder.
A girl just out of prison gets mixed up in murder at the restaurant where she works.
A widower's daughter plays matchmaker for her father.
Alexandre Dumas's classic swashbuckler about a young guardsman fighting for the queen's honor.
An Irish rebel turns in his best friend to earn passage money to America, then has to dodge the suspicions of his cohorts.
A new marshal teams with an outlaw to straighten out a crooked town.
A bitter divorcee opens an illegal gambling club to support her daughters.
In this short film, Reginald Denny introduces various singing and dancing acts.
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