The Inspector General

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"The Kaye way to chaos and corruption."
  • NR
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 6.7  (3,545)

The Inspector General is a comedy movie from 1949, directed by Henry Koster and starring Danny Kaye, Walter Slezak, and Barbara Bates. The film is based on a play by Nikolai Gogol called "The Inspector General," which is a satire about corruption in Russian government officials and bureaucracy. The movie adaptation takes place in a small town in Hungary during the 19th century and follows the story of a mistaken identity, misunderstanding, and humor.

Kaye plays the role of Georgi, a traveling performer who happens to stumble on the small town where the corrupt officials believe he is the Inspector General, a high-ranking and powerful government official who is coming to inspect their town. The officials try to bribe Georgi to keep him from reporting their corruption, but he is clueless about the whole situation and plays along, enjoying the perks of being treated like a VIP.

Walter Slezak plays the role of the Mayor, a corrupt official who is desperate to keep the Inspector General's visit a secret. Slezak's character is scheming and cunning, but also funny, and he delivers a great performance as the antagonist who is constantly trying to control the situation. Barbara Bates plays the role of Maria, a young woman who catches Georgi's eye, and their romance is one of the subplots of the movie.

The humor in the movie is a mix of slapstick comedy and wit. Danny Kaye's performance is outstanding, and he delivers the lines with impeccable timing and precision. His physical comedy is also excellent, and there are several scenes in which he showcases his talent for acrobatics and dancing. The movie is also visually stunning, with beautiful costumes, sets, and cinematography, which complement the lively and upbeat tone of the film.

One of the movie's major themes is the corruption of power, and the script uses humor and satire to criticize the government officials and the way they treat their citizens. The officials are depicted as greedy and selfish, and the movie highlights the absurdity of their actions and decisions. Georgi, on the other hand, represents the power of the people, and his innocence and honesty contrast with the officials' corruption and deceit.

The Inspector General is a classic comedy movie that showcases Danny Kaye's talents and delivers a great mix of humor, wit, and satire. The movie's story is engaging, and the characters are memorable and well-developed. The film has a timeless quality, and its themes and humor are still relevant today. Overall, The Inspector General is a must-see movie for anyone who loves classic comedy and witty satire.

The Inspector General is a 1949 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    6.7  (3,545)