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The Inspector General

Released Dec 31, 1949 1h 42m Musical Comedy List
91% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 79% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
In this farcical Technicolor musical, snake oil salesman Georgi (Danny Kaye) is too honest for his own good. After his partner (Walter Slezak) fires him, the simple-minded Georgi wanders into a corrupt town where he is mistaken for a diplomat. As Georgi unknowingly enjoys his false identity, the townspeople make several botched attempts to assassinate him, believing he is a powerful politician. Matters get even more tangled, and amusing, when the real inspector general shows up. Read More Read Less

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Bob Thomas Associated Press Sharper cutting could have made it a delight; it's still passable entertainment. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review John Stanley San Francisco Chronicle Rated: 4/4 Oct 19, 2011 Full Review Ian Kane Epoch Times In the end, “The Inspector General” is highly entertaining with some hilarious, often satirical dialogue that is elevated further by Danny Kaye’s infectious brand of physical humor. Rated: 4/5 Dec 25, 2022 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Danny Kaye has some hilarious moments. Rated: 4/5 Feb 18, 2008 Full Review Eric Lurio Greenwich Village Gazette Rated: 4/5 Sep 5, 2005 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 2, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Lieutenant B Whomever told me this was one of Danny Kaye's better movies has some serious taste issues, as this was one of his worst. This was like an amatuer theatrical comedy done on the cheap. Who was the target. audience? It has the bad try-hard comedy of something aimed at children under 10. Danny's is over-hamming it to the point I want to call it bad acting. I cringed my way through this. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review jack s So-so Kaye vehicle, helped immeasurably by a strong supporting cast. But, let's face it, much of Danny's schtick doesn't age well and this time it frankly becomes a bit irritating. There are a couple of amusing comic scenes however, although the soundtrack and musical numbers are sadly forgettable. Rather check out "The Court Jester" or "Wonder Man" for examples of Kaye's best work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Matthew R Let me just make it clear that this is a pretty bad film. But, if you get together your group of friends and watch it, it will be a fun enough time because of Danny Kaye's absurd performance and the dated comedy. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/04/22 Full Review Audience Member Great to see a young Danny Kaye. What a gifted comic actor. Strange to see the faux Mexican sets standing in for Russia. The colorization was definitely overdone. Still looking for a copy of the Gogol play. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The movie is loosely based on a Nikolai Gogol play about two traveling medicine men who wind up in a small Russian town run by a corrupt government, with one arrested for vagrancy, but then they get the idea that he was actually the dreaded Inspector General in disguise, and he acts upon the misunderstanding to get himself fed. Basically the whole movie is a farce, with Danny Kaye doing a lot of singing and dancing that no real Inspector General would do. This is entertainment and not realistic historical drama, but still enjoyable if you can suspend disbelief enough. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Kid Blobbo much enjoy Kaye. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In this farcical Technicolor musical, snake oil salesman Georgi (Danny Kaye) is too honest for his own good. After his partner (Walter Slezak) fires him, the simple-minded Georgi wanders into a corrupt town where he is mistaken for a diplomat. As Georgi unknowingly enjoys his false identity, the townspeople make several botched attempts to assassinate him, believing he is a powerful politician. Matters get even more tangled, and amusing, when the real inspector general shows up.
Director
Henry Koster
Producer
Jerry Wald
Screenwriter
Philip Rapp, Harry Kurnitz
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 31, 1949, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Aug 11, 2016
Runtime
1h 42m
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