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FULL SYNOPSIS

This modest Preston Sturges comedy stars Dick Powell as an office clerk dreaming of better things and Ellen Drew as his more pragmatic girlfriend. Powell convinces himself that his fortune will be made if he can win a slogan contest sponsored by a coffee company. Powell's contribution: "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee, it's the bunk!" Three of Powell's fellow workers decide to have some fun with him; they fake a telegram which announces that he's won the contest. The deception snowballs to the point that even the head of the coffee firm (Raymond Walburn) labors under the misapprehension that Powell has won. When the painful truth is revealed, Powell finds himself broke (because of all the creature comforts he's bought) and jobless, but at least he's retained the love of his wife. A cute deus ex machina to the story appears in the person of William Demarest, the foreman of the "jury" that is judging the slogan contest. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 18, 1940

Cast

Dick Powell
as Jimmy MacDonald
Ellen Drew
as Betty Casey
Raymond Walburn
as Mr. Maxford
William Demarest
as Mr. Bildocker
Ernest Truex
as Mr. Baxter
Franklin Pangborn
as Radio Announcer
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Waterbury
Rod Cameron
as Dick
Harry Rosenthal
as Harry
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Schwartz
Torben Meyer
as Mr. Schmidt
Julius Tannen
as Mr. Zimmerman
Al Bridge
as Mr. Hillbeiner
Lucille Ward
as Mrs. Casey
Victor Potel
as Davenola Salesman
Arthur Hoyt
as Mild Gentleman
Jan Buckingham
as Secretary
Jimmy Conlin
as Thin, Sour Gentleman
Byron Foulger
as Mr. Jenkins
Esther Michelson
as Sophie's Mother
Charles Moore
as Porter
Frank Moran
as Patrolman Murphy
Georges Renavent
as Sign Painter
Dewey Robinson
as Large, Rough Gentleman
Preston Sturges
as Man at Shoeshine Stand
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
as Porter
Robert Warwick
as Large Gentleman
Pat West
as Man with Telephone
Dewey Robinson
as Large, Rough Gentleman
Arthur Hoyt
as Mild Gentleman
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
as Porter
Pat West
as Man with Telephone
Jan Buckingham
as Secretary
Preston Sturges
as Man at Shoeshine Stand
Charles Moore
as Porter
Byron Foulger
as Mr. Jenkins
Robert Warwick
as Large Gentleman
Georges Renavent
as Sign Painter
Jimmy Conlin
as Thin, Sour Gentleman
Frank Moran
as Patrolman Murphy
Esther Michelson
as Sophie's Mother

Crew

Preston Sturges
Director
Preston Sturges
Screenwriter
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Sigmund Krumgold
Composer (Music Score)
Ellsworth Hoagland
Editor
Preston Sturges
Editor
Earl Hedrick
Art Director
Hans Dreier
Art Director
Paul Jones
Associate Producer
Harry Lindgren
Sound/Sound Designer
George Templeton
First Assistant Director
Wally Westmore
Makeup
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