Road Show

Road Show

Director: Gordon M. Douglas, Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach
Cast: Adolphe Menjou

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When millionaire bachelor John Hubbard takes a run-out powder at his own wedding, Hubbard's vengeful fiancee Polly Ann Young has the luckless fellow committed to an insane asylum. Hubbard escapes with certified looney Adolphe Menjou; together they join a carnival run by Carole Landis. Hubbard and Menjou not only save Landis from bankruptcy, but also convince Hubbard's allegedly normal uncle Charles Butterworth (who races fire engines as a hobby) to arrange for the carnival to be set up right next to the family mansion. Directors Hal Roach, Hal Roach Jr. and Gordon M. Douglas deliberately blur the thin line between sanity and insanity throughout Road Show. Just who's crazier: the delusional Menjou, who takes photographs with an invisible camera, or lovestruck Indian George E. Stone, who spends his free time chasing after carnival employee Patsy Kelly? And are the freewheeling carney folk any goofier than the flibbertigibbet society folk? The Charioteers, a black singing group who'd previously appeared in the Broadway production of Hellzapoppin, act as a sort of Greek chorus, commenting on the action with several refrains of the Hoagy Carmichael song "Calliope Jane." The amiable wackiness of Road Show is capped by a car-chase finale. The film was based on a novel by Eric Hatch, who four years earlier had worked on Roach's Topper. Watch for several familiar comedy faces among the uncredited bit players, including Shemp Howard of Three Stooges fame.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2017
UPC: 0889290423153
Original Release: 1941
Source: Film Detective
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 49,989

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adolphe Menjou Col. Carleton Carraway
Carole Landis Penguin Moore
John Hubbard Drogo Gaines
Charles Butterworth Harry Whitman
Patsy Kelly Jinx
George E. Stone Indian
Margaret Roach Priscilla
Polly Ann Young Helen Newton
Edward Norris Ed Newton
Marjorie Woodworth Alice
Florence Bates Mrs. Newton
Willie Best Willie
Paul Stanton Dr. Thorndyke
Ted Stanhope Stanhope
Clarence H. Wilson Sheriff
Lane Chandler State Trooper
Jack Norton Drunk
Shemp Howard Moe Parker
Edward Jackson Charioteer

Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Hal Roach Director,Producer
Hal Roach Director,Producer
Arnold Belgard Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
Charles Hall Art Director
Bert Jordan Editor
Harry Langdon Screenwriter
Mickell Noval Screenwriter
Roy Seawright Special Effects
George Stoll Score Composer

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