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It's in the Bag! (1945)

Passed | | Comedy | 21 April 1945 (USA)
The ringmaster of a flea circus inherits a fortune...if he can find which chair it's hidden in.

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Lewis R. Foster (screen treatment), Fred Allen (screen treatment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred Allen ... Fred F. Trumble Floogle
Jack Benny ... Jack Benny
Don Ameche ... Don Ameche
William Bendix ... William Bendix
Victor Moore ... Victor Moore
Rudy Vallee ... Rudy Vallee
Binnie Barnes ... Eve Floogle
Robert Benchley ... Parker
Jerry Colonna ... Dr. Greengrass - Psychiatrist
John Carradine ... Jefferson T. Pike
Gloria Pope Gloria Pope ... Marion Floogle
William Terry ... Perry Parker
Minerva Pious Minerva Pious ... Mrs. Pansy Nussbaum
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Homer Floogle (as Dickie Tyler)
Sidney Toler ... Detective Sully
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Storyline

Wealthy Frederick Trumble makes an eccentric new will, secretes much of his wealth in a chair, then, within seconds, is murdered. The new heir, Fred Floogle, runs a flea circus. Of course, the reputed $12 million inheritance goes to his family's heads...then proves to consist of five chairs, which the disgusted Floogle sells just before discovering their secret. Packed with wisecracks, strange cameos, and nothing-sacred, anything-goes digressions. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Fred's Bagged The Best For His Merry 12 Million Dollar Murder Mystery!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fickle Fortune See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Manhattan Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30-minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 17, 1950 with Fred Allen reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits Fred Allen says about "Screen Treatment and screen play" that these four people are now out of work. However his own name is mentioned in the screen treatment. See more »

Quotes

Homer Floogle: Dad, you wanna buy a Delicatessen in the Bronx?
Fred F. Trumble Floogle: No, we are not making any foreign investments.
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Crazy Credits

Before the final card at the end of the movie, Fred Allen breaks the fourth wall one more time and says to the audience "Folks, you've got to come back to the next show, immediate seats on the inside." See more »

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Version of Rabe, Pilz & dreizehn Stühle (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(1850) (uncredited)
From "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Sung by the Bendix Gang on Bill Bendix' birthday with new lyrics
Played when the wedding cake is brought in
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Flea trainer Floogle inherits $300 thousand hidden in one of 5 chairs he accidentally sold to an auction house. The search is on - and he's not the only one looking!
24 September 2005 | by tsnsphlSee all my reviews

The fun starts with the credits as Fred Allen denigrates everyone listed with the exception of his co-stars Don Ameche, William Bendix and Rudy Vally. Jack Benny, supporting cast members, the producer, director and even the make-up artists get a blast from Allen's withering tongue. The plot is simple enough that we can kind of forget it while enjoying the comedic interludes that are woven around it. Good old fashioned slapstick comedy combined with the type of wit and highbrow comedy you'd expect from intellects like Fred and Robert Benchley. Any fan of Fred Allen's radio shows will appreciate this film. There is the delightful visit to Jack Benny's apartment (which costs Fred over $13.00) and even a visit with Allen's Alley denizen, Mrs. Nussbaum. The cameos are strange but interesting. There is wisecracking galore and one wonders just how much ad-libbing went on. The film is a fun glimpse at one of radio's greatest and most forgotten comedians. Is it a comedy classic? A cinematic masterpiece? No way. But it's a blast seeing Benny vs Allen, Benchley vs Allen and getting some belly laughs from the hilarity that unfolds. A keeper.


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