Road Show

Road Show

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

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

     
 

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The music comedy Road Show, co-directed by the legendary comedy producer Hal Roach, arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but that should not stop fans of old-time Hollywood

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The music comedy Road Show, co-directed by the legendary comedy producer Hal Roach, arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, but that should not stop fans of old-time Hollywood from savoring this prime example of early-'40s Hollywood product.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Humor is clearly a personal matter, with what makes one person laugh uproariously leaving another person silent, but those who favor a "nutty" approach to comedy will find a great deal to like in Road Show. Sure, Show has its flaws. For example, the plot in some places is put together with spit and gum, and even when it's made of more solid stuff, it still isn't a work of art. But there's a joyous spirit to Show, a zany devil-may-care attitude that is very appealing, and very infectious to boot. The set-up is simple (and simply preposterous), and it wears a little thin, but it also provides ample opportunity for gags and shenanigans. The musical numbers are nothing special, but The Charioteers do a fine job with them, and the trio of credited directors keep Show moving at an appropriately lively pace. John Hubbard is fine as the man wrongly committed to an asylum, and Carole Landis is gorgeous and engaging as the carnival owner he hooks up with. But it's Adolphe Menjou who walks off with the film. Menjou is quite simply a fruitcake, and it's a treat to watch him having the time of his life, taking very seriously the extremely odd way his character has of looking at life. Menjou is crackers, and at its best, so is Road Show.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2004
UPC:
0014381945423
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:27:00

Special Features

[None specified]

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Looney Bin [5:19]
2. Escape! [9:42]
3. Carnies [4:14]
4. Song: "Yum! Yum!" [:42]
5. Song: "Calliope Jane" [6:18]
6. Song: "I Should Have Known You Long Ago" [8:04]
7. Pier Six! [2:18]
8. Fire Engine Rescue [9:28]

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