It's in the Bag

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Devotees of the Russian novel that is its basis (The Twelve Chairs) may shake their heads, but those in the mood for a terribly silly romp should get a fair amount of entertainment from It's in the Bag. Dispensing with everything except the premise of the novel, Bag exists solely to give radio star Fred Allen a rare opportunity to guide a motion picture vehicle all on his own star power. Modern audiences inevitably won't get as much out of it as those in 1945 did, for Allen's persona is virtually unknown to most of today's viewers. Having a grounding in Allen-ania definitely helps to enjoy the piece, but even the uninitiated should find enough to make them chuckle and keep them watching. The laughs should start with the credits, which find Allen breaking the fourth wall to drily comment upon the names as they come and go. It would seem almost surreal, if Allen didn't somehow make it seem down-to-earth instead. There's a delightful Jack Benny section that plays upon the supposed rivalry between Benny and Allen, and Mrs. Nussbaum from Allen's radio show provides some welcome laughs as well. There also are a few spots that don't pan out, and it must be said that the screenplay is really nothing more than gags strung together. But Allen and company make it work; not a classic, but a very fun trip to another era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/22/2013
  • UPC: 887090052702
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,279

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
Herbert Pryor 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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Its in the Bag
1. Chapter 1 [:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:30]
3. Chapter 3 [13:08]
4. Chapter 4 [9:17]
5. Chapter 5 [13:53]
6. Chapter 6 [11:14]
7. Chapter 7 [13:53]
8. Chapter 8 [7:19]
9. Chapter 9 [9:07]
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