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It's in the Bag

It's in the Bag

Fred Allen
Director: Richard Wallace Cast: Fred Allen
Fred Allen
, Jack Benny
Jack Benny
, William Bendix
William Bendix
Richard Wallace


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Based on the popular Russian novel The Twelve Chairs, this stars Fred Allen as flea-circus impresario Fred Floogle. Learning that he's inherited $12 million from his uncle, Fred also discovers that the money has been stuffed in one of thirteen chairs that he's sold at auction. The rest of the film goes off on any number of hilarious tangents, each tied-in ever so tenuously to the plot. Included is an episode at the movies (Fred and his wife Binnie Barnes are continually escorted up several balcony steps and out several alleyway doors), a visit to Floogle's radio cohort Mrs. Nussbaum (Minerva Pious), a brief misadventure with Jack Benny (this time Benny has a hat-check girl in his hall closet, so that he can collect tips from visitors), an impromptu barbershop quartet session with Fred, Rudy Vallee, Don Ameche and Victor Moore, and a confrontation with the dreaded William Bendix mob (Bendix isn't really a gangster; he simply inherited the mob from his mother). Also weaving in and out of the proceedings are John Carradine as a crooked attorney, Robert Benchley as Fred's pompous in-law-to-be, Sidney Toler as a popcorn-munching detective, and Jerry Colonna as Fred's live-in psychiatrist. Two versions of this film exists, one without Fred Allen's ongoing voice over narration.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2018
UPC: 0660845445697
Original Release: 1945
Source: Grapevine Mod
Sales rank: 54,780

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Allen Fred Floogle
Jack Benny Himself
William Bendix Himself
Binnie Barnes Eve Floogle
Robert Benchley Parker
Jerry Colonna Dr. Greengrass, Psychiatrist
Gloria Pope Marion
William Terry Perry
Minerva Pious Mrs. Nussbaum
Dick Tyler Homer
Sidney Toler Detective Sully
George Cleveland Hotel Manager
John Miljan Arnold
Ben Welden Monte
Emory Parnell Mr. Buddoo
John Carradine Pike
Don Ameche Guest
Victor Moore Singer
Walter Tetley Elevator Operator
Rudy Vallée Singer

Technical Credits
Richard Wallace Director
Fred Allen Screenwriter
Lionel Banks Art Director
Jay Dratler Screenwriter
Lewis R. Foster Screenwriter
Werner Richard Heymann Score Composer
Russell Metty Cinematographer
William Morgan Editor
Charles Previn Musical Direction/Supervision
Alma Reville Screenwriter
Jack H. Skirball Producer

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