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It's a Joke, Son! (1947)

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63 min | Comedy

The first Eagle-Lion film stars Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghorn, his "Allen's Alley" resident-character heard on Fred Allen's radio program. Claghorn was a blustery, one-man-Chamber-of-Commerce for all things Southern, who had ...See moreThe first Eagle-Lion film stars Kenny Delmar as Senator Beauregard Claghorn, his "Allen's Alley" resident-character heard on Fred Allen's radio program. Claghorn was a blustery, one-man-Chamber-of-Commerce for all things Southern, who had no tolerence for anything north of the Mason-Dixon line, although he made allowances for South Philly. The character inspired the creation of one of the most popular of the Warners' cartoon characters, Foghorn Leghorn, who re-worked most of the originals material and style. The title of this movie is a stock line- "it's a joke, son"---he would feed a befuddled Fred Allen each week. In the film, Claghorn gets into some financial difficulties and is forced by a machine-political gang to enter a race for state senator against his wife (Una Merkel) who appears to have a good chance to beat the political hack backed by the machine. Claghorn is in to siphon votes and ensure his wife's opponent will win and is expected to run a campaign that will defeat himself and his wife. But, he runs to win and the machine's henchies abduct him. Written by Les Adams See less
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Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)
Writers
Robert E. Kent | Paul Girard Smith (as Paul Gerard Smith)
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Jan 15, 1947 (United States)

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Kenny Delmar
Senator Beauregard Claghorn Senator Beauregard Claghorn   See fewer
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Una Merkel
Mrs. Magnolia Claghorn Mrs. Magnolia Claghorn   See fewer
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June Lockhart
Mary Lou Claghorn Mary Lou Claghorn   See fewer
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Kenneth Farrell
Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis Jefferson 'Jeff' Davis   See fewer
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Douglass Dumbrille
Big Dan Healey Big Dan Healey   See fewer
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Jimmy Conlin
Senator Alexander P. Leeds Senator Alexander P. Leeds   See fewer
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Matt Willis
Ace - Healey's Henchman Ace - Healey's Henchman   See fewer
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Ralph Sanford
Knifey - Healey's Henchman Knifey - Healey's Henchman   See fewer
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Daisy
Daisy Daisy   See fewer
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Vera Lewis
Hortense Dimwitty Hortense Dimwitty   See fewer
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Margaret McWade
Jennifer Whipple Jennifer Whipple   See fewer
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Ida Moore
Matilda Whipple Matilda Whipple   See fewer
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Byron Foulger
Groceryman Groceryman   See fewer
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Sam Ash
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edward Biby
Man in Auditorium (uncredited) Man in Auditorium (uncredited)   See fewer
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Danny Borzage
William (uncredited) William (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Brooks
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul E. Burns
Peterson the Mailman (uncredited) Peterson the Mailman (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Chandler
The Groceryman (uncredited) The Groceryman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jane Crowley
Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited) Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Blythe Daley
Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited) Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cathy Dart
Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited) Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Dehner
Reporter (uncredited) Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Dobson
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sarah Edwards
Annabelle (uncredited) Annabelle (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Engle
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Franklyn Farnum
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Margaret Farrell
Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited) Daughters of Dixie Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Hayes
Radio Commentator at Victory Gathering (uncredited) Radio Commentator at Victory Gathering (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clarence Hennecke
Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited) Undetermined Secondary Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Woman in Auditorium (uncredited) Woman in Auditorium (uncredited)   See fewer
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Kenner G. Kemp
Election Committee Man (uncredited) Election Committee Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Raymond Largay
Mr. Harvey - Speaker (uncredited) Mr. Harvey - Speaker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilbur Mack
Man at Rally (uncredited) Man at Rally (uncredited)   See fewer
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Thomas Martin
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Pat McKee
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Edward Peil Sr.
Man at Rally (uncredited) Man at Rally (uncredited)   See fewer
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June Pickerell
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Kathryn Sheldon
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Anthony Sydes
William (uncredited) William (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Wald
NBC Radio Commentator (uncredited) NBC Radio Commentator (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 152 votes