Champagne for Caesar (1950)

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In order to get even with the pompous president of a soap company, an eccentric genius goes on his quiz show in order to bankrupt his company.


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  • Barbara Britton, Ronald Colman, and Byron Foulger in Champagne for Caesar (1950)
  • Vincent Price, Celeste Holm, and Ronald Colman in Champagne for Caesar (1950)
  • Vincent Price, Celeste Holm, and Ronald Colman in Champagne for Caesar (1950)
  • Vincent Price, John Eldredge, Gabriel Heatter, Art Linkletter, Vici Raaf, and Lyle Talbot in Champagne for Caesar (1950)
  • Vincent Price, Celeste Holm, and Ronald Colman in Champagne for Caesar (1950)
  • Ronald Colman in Champagne for Caesar (1950)

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26 May 2000 | JB-12
You'll need a doctor to stitch you up after laughing your sides off
There is no way that you can present a synopsis of this film that can make it appealing. Here is a film that stars Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Celeste Holm and Art Linkletter???? The plot includes a soap company, a quiz show and a talking parrot. Not only does this film work, it is one of the most riotous comedies ever filmed.

It is the incongruity (and thus the brilliance) of the casting that makes this successful. Colman who is so well known for his romantic voice and looks and just coming off as Oscar winning performance in the dark but brilliant "A Double Life" plays Bouregard Bottomley, a man who knows "everything about everything", except how to get a job. He goes to the Milady Soap Company and is almost hired except he had the audacity to make a joke in front of company President Birnbridge Waters, played by Vincent Price. It seems that Milady sponsors a quiz program and Bottomley decides to go on as a contestant and take Price for all he is worth and thereby hangs this uproarious tale.

For all of the dramatic accomplishments by the principals, Colman, Price and Holm are tremendously funny with Price as a particular standout. He goes way over the top (similar to James Cagney in the equally as funny "One, Two, Three") but he is perfect.

The real surprise is Art Linkletter. Having made his reputation as a rather bland variety show host in radio and the early days of television, he comes off very effectively as both the quiz show and the romantic lead. This was his only acting appearance and it is too bad. He was very good.

This film demands several viewings. Often you are laughing so hard you miss some great lines.

The Champaign in the title does not go solely to Caesar (a talking parrot). It goes to all involved with this classic. Here's to you.

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