The Inspector General (1949)

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A town's corrupt officials think a fool is actually an investigator in disguise.



  • Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (1949)
  • Danny Kaye and Henry Koster in The Inspector General (1949)
  • Barbara Bates in The Inspector General (1949)
  • Danny Kaye in The Inspector General (1949)
  • Danny Kaye and Barbara Bates in The Inspector General (1949)
  • Danny Kaye and Elsa Lanchester in The Inspector General (1949)

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1 August 2016 | gavin6942
| Danny Kaye Is Wonderful
An illiterate stooge in a traveling medicine show wanders into a strange town and is picked up on a vagrancy charge. The town's corrupt officials mistake him for the inspector general whom they think is traveling in disguise. Fearing he will discover they've been pocketing tax money, they make several bungled attempts to kill him.

Unfortunately, this film is in the public domain and that means that Alpha Video seems to be the primary supplier. Maybe another version exists, but I saw the Alpha one. While it's not as bad as many public domain films, it has clearly aged and a new transfer would benefit the film greatly.

This film stands out as being a wonderful showcase for Danny Kaye. His best-known films (like "White Christmas") seem to have him more often as the sidekick. This film proves he can be a leading man in his own right, with plenty of humorous acting and some incredible singing. Kaye should be recognized as a bigger star than Bing Crosby.

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