The Big Hangover (1950)

82 mins | Comedy-drama | 26 May 1950

Director:

Norman Krasna

Writer:

Norman Krasna

Producer:

Norman Krasna

Cinematographers:

George Folsey, Joseph Ruttenberg

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Drink to Me Only . Norman Krasna's onscreen credit reads: "Written, directed and produced by Norman Krasna." The opening cast list differs slightly in order from the end credits. HR production charts list Joseph Ruttenberg as the film's photographer, while onscreen credits list George ... More Less

The working title of this film was Drink to Me Only . Norman Krasna's onscreen credit reads: "Written, directed and produced by Norman Krasna." The opening cast list differs slightly in order from the end credits. HR production charts list Joseph Ruttenberg as the film's photographer, while onscreen credits list George Folsey. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
15 Mar 50
p. 4.
Film Daily
22 May 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Aug 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Sep 49
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Mar 50
p. 229.
New York Times
26 May 50
p. 20.
Variety
14 Oct 1949.
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Variety
15 Mar 50
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup created by
SOURCES
SONGS
"At Sundown," music and lyrics by Walter Donaldson
"Sleepy Time Gal," music by Ange Lorenzo and Richard A. Whiting, lyrics by Joseph Reed Alden and Raymond B. Egan.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Drink to Me Only
Release Date:
26 May 1950
Production Date:
early August--late September 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
13 March 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2945
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82
Length(in feet):
7,380
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14167
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While attending law school, honor student David Maldon is awarded a job at the prestigious law firm of Belney, Parkford, Evans and Hughes. One day, at a birthday cocktail party for the law firm's senior partner, John Belney, David behaves in an erratic manner. His behavior catches the notice of John's daughter Mary, an attractive psychoanalyst, who accuses John of being drunk. John denies the accusation and explains that he suffers from "liquor recoil," a condition he developed during World War II, when he nearly drowned in a vat of brandy at a French monastery. Realizing that David gets drunk at the mere mention of alcohol, Mary saves him from further humiliation by sending him home. In the hope of curing himself of his sensitivity to alcohol, David decides to take a teaspoonful of brandy every night before going to bed. The experiment appears doomed to failure, however, when David begins imagining that his dog is talking to him. The day after John's birthday party, Mary, who has fallen in love with David, offers to help David overcome his problem. Intrigued by David's claim that his dog talks to him, Mary offers him a glass of brandy and observes him conversing with his dog. One day, at the law office, David is present when Carl Bellcap, the city attorney, threatens to sue John if he allows one of his clients, the manager of a luxury apartment building, to evict the Lees, a Chinese couple. Carl also warns John that if the pregnant wife of the Chinese doctor loses her child, he will charge the law firm with causing her undue trauma and will hold it ... +


While attending law school, honor student David Maldon is awarded a job at the prestigious law firm of Belney, Parkford, Evans and Hughes. One day, at a birthday cocktail party for the law firm's senior partner, John Belney, David behaves in an erratic manner. His behavior catches the notice of John's daughter Mary, an attractive psychoanalyst, who accuses John of being drunk. John denies the accusation and explains that he suffers from "liquor recoil," a condition he developed during World War II, when he nearly drowned in a vat of brandy at a French monastery. Realizing that David gets drunk at the mere mention of alcohol, Mary saves him from further humiliation by sending him home. In the hope of curing himself of his sensitivity to alcohol, David decides to take a teaspoonful of brandy every night before going to bed. The experiment appears doomed to failure, however, when David begins imagining that his dog is talking to him. The day after John's birthday party, Mary, who has fallen in love with David, offers to help David overcome his problem. Intrigued by David's claim that his dog talks to him, Mary offers him a glass of brandy and observes him conversing with his dog. One day, at the law office, David is present when Carl Bellcap, the city attorney, threatens to sue John if he allows one of his clients, the manager of a luxury apartment building, to evict the Lees, a Chinese couple. Carl also warns John that if the pregnant wife of the Chinese doctor loses her child, he will charge the law firm with causing her undue trauma and will hold it responsible. When Dr. Lee's wife loses her child in childbirth, David, working without the consent of the attorneys at his firm, contacts the management company and insists that the Lees be returned to their apartment. Later, at an alumni dinner, Charles Parkford, the partner at the law firm who is responsible for the eviction of the Chinese couple, learns that David is allergic to alcohol and decides to take revenge on his initiative by secretly slipping some wine into his soup. The wine makes David drunk, and he embarrasses himself by singing with the band. When David regains his sobriety, he accuses Bellcap of compromising his responsibilities as a public servant to gain favor with the partners at the law firm. Bellcap admits that he is seeking a job at the law firm, but tells David that he has been stymied in his efforts to fight rich and powerful law firms like John's because few talented lawyers are willing to work for the city. Convinced that Bellcap has done the best he could to fight the many injustices in the city, David apologizes to him. At his law school graduation ceremony, David announces his resignation from John's law firm, and accepts a job with the city attorney's office. Though Mary prefers that David remain with her father's firm, she respects his principles and plans to marry him. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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