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Gaily, Gaily (1969)

R
107 min | Comedy

To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her ...See moreTo escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up. Written by See less
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Abram S. Ginnes (screenplay) | Ben Hecht (novel)
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Robert F. Boyle (as Robert Boyle)
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$8,000,000
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Release date
Dec 16, 1969 (United States)

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Beau Bridges
Ben Harvey Ben Harvey   See fewer
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Brian Keith
Francis Sullivan Francis Sullivan   See fewer
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George Kennedy
Axel P. Johanson Axel P. Johanson   See fewer
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Hume Cronyn
Tim Grogan Tim Grogan   See fewer
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Margot Kidder
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Roy Poole
Dunne Dunne   See fewer
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Wilfrid Hyde-White
The Governor The Governor   See fewer
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Melodie Johnson
Lilah Letterby Lilah Letterby   See fewer
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John Randolph
Father Father   See fewer
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Charles Tyner
Dr. Lazarus Dr. Lazarus   See fewer
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Merie Earle
Granny Granny   See fewer
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Claudia Bryar
Mother Mother   See fewer
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Eric Shea
Virgil Harvey Virgil Harvey   See fewer
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Roy Barcroft
Dr. Gorson Dr. Gorson   See fewer
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James V. Christy
Frankie Piano Frankie Piano   See fewer
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J.S. Johnson
Anarchist Anarchist   See fewer
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Harry Holcombe
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Maggie Olesen
Mrs. Krump Mrs. Krump   See fewer
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Les Podewell
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Martin Harvey Friedberg
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Nikita Knatz
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Jackie Boncy
Claudet Claudet   See fewer
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Jade Manhattan
Martine Martine   See fewer
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Lisa Todd
Fanny Fanny   See fewer
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Carole Lamond
Phalinx Phalinx   See fewer
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Peter Brocco
Swami (uncredited) Swami (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cliff Emmich
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Clarke Gordon
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5.5 / 10 | 282 votes