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Pardon My Past Details


A case of mistaken identity leads to hilarity in this comedy. Eddie (Fred MacMurray) and Chuck (William Demarest) are a pair of GIs who've just been sprung from the service and plan to open a mink ranch in Wisconsin. No sooner do they arrive in the Cheese State than one Jim Arnold (Akim Tamiroff) mistakes Eddie for Francis Pemberton, a footloose playboy who owes Jim a very large gambling debt. Hard as he tries, Eddie can't convince Jim that he isn't Pemberton -- and Jim's strong-arm men demand that Eddie pay up. Eddie goes to Pemberton's estate in hopes of clearing up the confusion, but he learns that the gambler has apparently fled to Mexico. Eddie meets Joan (Marguerite Chapman), a poor but pretty relative of the Pembertons who strikes his fancy, but several other members of the family also think that Eddie and Francis are the same person -- and they're none too fond of their absent relation. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Fred MacMurray
as Eddie York
Marguerite Chapman
as Joan
Akim Tamiroff
as Jim Arnold
William Demarest
as Chuck
Rita Johnson
as Mary Pemberton
Harry Davenport
as Grandpa Pemberton
Douglas Dumbrille
as Uncle Wills
Karolyn Grimes
as Stephani
Dewey Robinson
as Plainclothesman
Hugh Prosser
as Mr. Long
Herbert Evans
as Butler
Frank Moran
as Thug
Charles Arnt
as Clothes Salesman
Fred MacMurray
as Francis Pemberton
George Chandler
as Cab Driver
Fred MacMurray
as Francis Pemberton


Leslie Fenton
Leslie Fenton
Fred MacMurray
Earl Felton
Patterson McNutt
Screen Story
Russell Metty
Dimitri Tiomkin
Composer (Music Score)
Dimitri Tiomkin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Otho Lovering
Victor Heerman
Bernard Herzbrun
Production Designer
Robert Aldrich
First Assistant Director
Harlan Ware
Short Story Author