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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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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:
12/22/2006
UPC:
0089218523396
Original Release:
1941
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
79,929

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Aldolphe Menjou: Road Show
2. Chapter 1 [17:56]
3. Chapter 2 [18:34]
4. Chapter 3 [14:10]
5. Chapter 4 [9:31]
6. Chapter 5 [13:24]
7. Chapter 6 [11:47]

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