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Two Guys from Milwaukee (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 July 1947 (Mexico)
In the midst of a political vote, a Balkan prince comes to New York City to observe "ordinary" life, where he befriends a cabby, whose girlfriend he ends up falling in love with.

Director:

David Butler

Writers:

Charles Hoffman (original screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dennis Morgan ... Prince Henry
Joan Leslie ... Connie Reed
Jack Carson ... Buzz Williams
Janis Paige ... Polly Pringle
S.Z. Sakall ... Count Oswald
Patti Brady ... Peggy
Rosemary DeCamp ... Nan
Tom D'Andrea ... Happy
John Ridgely ... Mike Collins
Patrick McVey Patrick McVey ... Johnson (as Pat McVey)
Franklin Pangborn ... Theatre Manager
Francis Pierlot Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Bauer
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Storyline

Balkan Prince Henry has two wishes, to meet Lauren Bacall and see the "real" America. He befriends cabbie Buzz Williams and, without knowing the microphone is live, the two stage a debate on democracy versus monarchy broadcast back to the Prince's homeland. A plebiscite there puts Henry out of a job. Flying to MIlwaukee to become a beer salesman, he meets Bacall on the seat next to his, but a tap on his shoulder means he must give up his seat (and dream) to Bogie. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1947 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Dyo modernoi mages See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall: playing themselves on a plane. See more »

Goofs

After the scene in which Buzz receives the call from the White House several newspaper stories are shown. The "Atlanta Herald" story goes for one paragraph about Buzz. The next paragraph begins, in a different type font, with a description of what was likely the newspaper's original account of an auto accident. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Two Guys from Texas (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
(uncredited)
Music by Sam H. Stept
Played after Count Oswald puts a nickel in the juke box
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Two Guys From Milwaukee is great fun.
13 February 2006 | by scotty3333See all my reviews

Two Guys From Milwaukee was a fun, comedic surprise. Yes, it was a little predictable; though, who would win the girl was in question almost until the end. The story moved along quite quickly with smart and snappy dialogue and an array of likable characters.

Beyond the comedy and the quickly developed love story was a very enjoyable window into everyday life in Brooklyn in the mid-1940's--the friendliness, the simplicity (by modern standards), the economic modesty. Director David Butler shot the movie in an intimate fashion, which makes you feel like you're sitting with the characters in the living room, riding the tour bus in Manhattan or waking with them in the morning.

Jack Carson plays the role of Buzz Williams, the very likable Brooklyn cabbie. Carson has played many enjoyable characters, but this one has a unique charm to it. He's a simple enough guy, but with some real life complexity to him. Even during a rather obvious advertisement for democracy (of course, having just won WWII, there's nothing wrong with marketing the winning stuff) Carson delivers the message in a humble, regular-guy-on-the-street way.

All in all, you'll smile through much of the movie and laugh out loud, too. It was a very enjoyable way to spend 90 minutes.


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