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It's a Joke, Son!

It's a Joke, Son!(1947)

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A written foreword to the film reads: "Senator Beauregard Claghorn is a large body of man entirely surrounded by mint juleps, magnolia blossoms and Southern tradition. So strong is his faith in the old, old South that he is perhaps the only man in all the world who is still buying Confederate Army Victory Bonds. He knows the South did NOT lose the Civil War-it was called on account of darkness." The character of "Senator Beauregard Claghorn," played by Kenny Delmar, originated on the Fred Allen Show radio program, on which Delmar was also the announcer. "Senator Claghorn" became nationally famous in early 1946 as one of the stars of the "Allen's Alley" segment of the program, in which Allen paid visits to a coterie of his friends who lived in a fictitious "alley." This was the Eagle-Lion's first production. A Hollywood Reporter news item noted that the film would not exported because of the American humor and politics in it. The Warner Bros. cartoon character "Foghorn Leghorn," introduced in the 1946 cartoon Walky Talky Hawky was inspired by Delmar's "Senator Claghorn." According to a modern source, Delmar modeled the character after a Texas rancher who, during the Depression, gave him rides in his Model-T Ford and was fond of the expression, "That's a joke, son!"