Free for All (1949)

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An inventor comes up with a pill that turns water into gasoline. Complications ensue.


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29 May 2017 | MartinHafer
| Sort of like a goofy American version of "The Man in the White Suit".
One of my favorite British movies of the 1950s is "The Man in the White Suit" with Alec Guinness. However, two years earlier a similar sort of plot was explored in the American film "Free For All"...though it was made with far less subtlety and finesse.

The film begins with Christopher Parker (Bob Cummings) at the US Patent Office getting information about obtaining a patent for his latest invention...pills that turn water into gasoline! Naturally folks are skeptical but when the oil industry learns about the invention, they spring into action. They claim to be interested in Chris and his invention, but they will do just about anything to stop this invention from seeing the light of day.

The film handles this story with no subtlety at all and often goes for goofy laughs. This doesn't make it a bad film...but it does make it slight and silly whereas "The Man in the White Suit" was insightful and clever. Worth seeing.

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