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Stop, You're Killing Me (1952)

After the repeal of Prohibition, a beer-maker decides to sell beer legally, but no one wants to buy his revolting beer, and he does not want to force sales.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

James O'Hanlon (screenplay), Damon Runyon (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Broderick Crawford ... Remy Marko
Claire Trevor ... Nora Marko
Virginia Gibson ... Mary Marko
Bill Hayes ... Chancellor 'Chance' Whitelaw
Charles Cantor ... Mike
Sheldon Leonard ... Lefty
Howard St. John ... Commissioner Mahoney
Harry Morgan ... Innocence (as Henry Morgan)
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Harriet Whitelaw
Stephen Chase ... Cal Ritter
Don Beddoe ... Clyde Post
Henry Slate Henry Slate ... Ryan
Jack Pepper Jack Pepper ... The Singer
Louis Lettieri Louis Lettieri ... Donnie Reynolds
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Storyline

After the repeal of Prohibition, a beer-maker decides to sell beer legally, but no one wants to buy his revolting beer, and he does not want to force sales.

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Damon Runyan's Roarin' Best!

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1953 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Le bal des mauvais garçons See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remake of the film, "A Slight Case of Murder", a really delightful film more contemporary with the end of Prohibition. See more »

Quotes

Mike: I ain't never again voting the ticket of the Democratic party. They muscle in on everybody's racket!
Lefty: Yeah, with them nothing is sacred - including a guy's livelihood!
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Connections

References Manhattan Merry-Go-Round (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Stop, You're Killing Me
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Sigman
Lyrics by Bob Hilliard
Sung by an off-screen chorus during the opening credits
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lots of fun!
6 December 2013 | by rupieSee all my reviews

What a fun movie! Kind of a precursor of "Some Like it Hot" the movie has a lot of fun with the Runyonesque characters (Runyon wrote the screenplay) and the goofy goings on of a Prohibition beer baron who decides to go legit when Prohibition is repealed. Broderick Crawford is wonderful as the blustering but soft-hearted Remy Marko. The film also has a few nicely placed and very enjoyable musical numbers, and who knew Broderick Crawford could sing so pleasantly (turns out his parents were both opera singers!). The farce is generous and hilarious, with dead bodies cropping up everywhere, and Margaret Dumont putting in a turn as the usual easily offended matron. Joseph Vitale, Sheldon Leonard and Charles Cantor do a great job as Marko's lovable hood sidekicks. Harry Morgan appears but his contribution is limited mostly to climbing over transoms and in and out of windows. The production values are wonderful. All in all a surprisingly wonderful treat.


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