Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase

Bob Hope
Director: Irving Cummings Cast: Bob Hope
Bob Hope
, Vera Zorina
Vera Zorina
, Victor Moore
Victor Moore
Irving Cummings


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The Irving Berlin-Morrie Ryskind Broadway musical hit Louisiana Purchase came to the screen with surprisingly few emendations in 1941. Bob Hope replaces Broadway's William Gaxton in the role of innocent political flunkey Jim Taylor, set up to take the fall for wholesale graft by a group of corrupt Louisiana politicians. Taylor's friendly adversary is bumptuous U.S. senator Loganberry (Victor Moore, repeating his stage role), whose efforts at reform only end up getting him in hot water as well. Loganberry solves his own problems by marrying Mme. Bordelaise (Irene Bordoni), the temptress who'd been sent out to place him in a compromising position, forcing Taylor to straighten out the mess himself in a hilarious climactic courtroom filibuster. ("If it's good enough for James Stewart, it's good enough for me.") Some of the satirical bite of the Broadway version had to be blunted for movie-audience consumption, though Paramount managed to avoid potential lawsuits by using a device which originated in the play: an amusing opening "opera bouffe" wherein it was established beyond all doubt that Louisiana was a totally mythical state! (At one point, a bevy of chorus girls sing the "any resemblance to actual persons living or dead" disclaimer.) On a historical note, Louisiana Purchase was Bob Hope's first Technicolor appearance.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0025192243202
Original Release: 1941
Source: Universal
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 10,153

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Jim Taylor
Vera Zorina Marina Von Minden
Victor Moore Sen. Oliver P. Loganberry
Irene Bordoni Mme. Bordelaise
Dona Drake Beatrice
Raymond Walburn Col. Davis, Sr.
"Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom The Shadow
Frank Albertson Davis, Jr.
Phyllis Ruth Emmy Lou
Donald MacBride Police Captain Whitfield
Andrew Tombes Dean Manning
Robert Warwick Speaker of the House
Charles La Torre Gaston
Emory Parnell Lawyer
Iris Meredith Lawyer's Secretary
Catherine Craig Saleslady
Jack Norton Jester
Sam McDaniel Sam
Kay Aldridge Louisiana Belle
Frances Gifford Actor
Victor Laplace Actor
Karin [Katharine] Booth Louisiana Belle
Alaine Brandes Louisiana Belle
Barbara Britton Louisiana Belle
Brooke Evans Louisiana Belle
Lynda Grey Louisiana Belle
Maggie Hayes Louisiana Belle
Barbara Slater Louisiana Belle
Eleanor Stewart Louisiana Belle
Jean Wallace Louisiana Belle
Joy Barlowe Girl Jester
Edgar Dearing House Detective
John Hiestand Radio Announcer
Donald Kerr Jester
Patsy Mace Girl Jester
Tom Patricola Cab Driver
Floyd Shackelford Doorman at Nite Club
Dave Willock Bellhop
William Wright Ambulance Driver
Louise LaPlanche Louisiana Belle

Technical Credits
Irving Cummings Director
Irving Berlin Score Composer
Jerome Chodorov Screenwriter
Buddy G. DeSylva Producer
Robert Emmett Dolan Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Raoul Pene Du Bois Production Designer
Joseph Fields Screenwriter
Harry Hallenberger Cinematographer
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
LeRoy Stone Editor
Robert Usher Art Director
Wally Westmore Makeup
Harold Wilson Associate Producer

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