Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

It's in the Bag Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Based on the popular Russian novel The Twelve Chairs, this stars Fred Allen as flea-circus impresario Fred Floogle. Learning that he's inherited $12 million from his uncle, Fred also discovers that the money has been stuffed in one of thirteen chairs that he's sold at auction. The rest of the film goes off on any number of hilarious tangents, each tied-in ever so tenuously to the plot. Included is an episode at the movies (Fred and his wife Binnie Barnes are continually escorted up several balcony steps and out several alleyway doors), a visit to Floogle's radio cohort Mrs. Nussbaum (Minerva Pious), a brief misadventure with Jack Benny (this time Benny has a hat-check girl in his hall closet, so that he can collect tips from visitors), an impromptu barbershop quartet session with Fred, Rudy Vallee, Don Ameche and Victor Moore, and a confrontation with the dreaded William Bendix mob (Bendix isn't really a gangster; he simply inherited the mob from his mother). Also weaving in and out of the proceedings are John Carradine as a crooked attorney, Robert Benchley as Fred's pompous in-law-to-be, Sidney Toler as a popcorn-munching detective, and Jerry Colonna as Fred's live-in psychiatrist. Two versions of this film exists, one without Fred Allen's ongoing voice over narration. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Fred Allen
as Fred Floogle
Jack Benny
as Himself
William Bendix
as Himself
Binnie Barnes
as Eve Floogle
Robert Benchley
as Parker
Jerry Colonna
as Dr. Greengrass, Psychiatrist
Minerva Pious
as Mrs. Nussbaum
Sidney Toler
as Detective Sully
George Cleveland
as Hotel Manager
John Miljan
as Arnold
Ben Welden
as Monte
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Buddoo
John Carradine
as Pike
Don Ameche
as Guest
Victor Moore
as Singer
Walter Tetley
as Elevator Operator
Rudy Vallee
as Singer
John Carradine
as Pike
Walter Tetley
as Elevator Operator
Don Ameche
as Guest
Victor Moore
as Singer

Crew

Richard Wallace
Director
Jack H. Skirball
Producer
Ilya Ilf
Book Author
Fred Allen
Screenwriter
Alma Reville
Screenwriter
Jay Dratler
Screenwriter
Yevgeny Petrov
Book Author
Lewis R. Foster
Screenwriter
Russell Metty
Cinematographer
Charles Previn
Musical Direction/Supervision
Werner Richard Heymann
Composer (Music Score)
Advertisement