Callaway Went Thataway (1951)

Approved   |    |  Comedy, Western


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Two marketing professionals hire a lookalike of classic western actor Smoky Callaway to impersonate the actor and make new films, but things go awry when the real Callaway, thought long missing, returns.


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  • Howard Keel, Fred MacMurray, and Dorothy McGuire in Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
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  • Howard Keel, Fred MacMurray, and Dorothy McGuire in Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
  • Howard Keel, Fred MacMurray, and Dorothy McGuire in Callaway Went Thataway (1951)
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2 July 2013 | LCShackley
8
| A delightful look at early 50s pop culture
I knew I was going to like this movie when a 25-year-old Stan Freberg walked onto the screen in an early scene, playing an employee at an ad agency. In fact, I would have given this movie a good rating just on the basis of all the TV icons in the cast: Fred MacMurray, Jesse White, Natalie Schafer, and in tiny cameos John Banner and Hugh Beaumont. And speaking of cameos, how about Clark Gable, Elizabeth Taylor, and Esther Williams? Yes, they're here too.

This comedy is WAY above "B" picture level, with a snappy script by the team of Frank and Panama, who earned their comedy medals writing for Hope/Crosby and Danny Kaye. Howard Keel does a fine job in his dual role, while Fred and Dorothy try to please a cantankerous sponsor and keep their phony cowboy happy at the same time. There are plenty of laughs, and some plot twists to keep you wondering how it's all going to work out in the end. If you watched TV in the 1950s, you'll especially enjoy this gentle satire of the entertainment and advertising industries of the time.

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