It's in the Bag!

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It's in the Bag!
Directed by Richard Wallace
Produced by George R. Batcheller Jr.
Walter Batchelor
Jack H. Skirball
Written by Ilya Ilf (novel Dvenadtsat stulyev)
Yevgeni Petrov (novel Dvenadtsat stulyev)
Fred Allen
Jay Dratler
Alma Reville
Morrie Ryskind
Starring Fred Allen
Jack Benny
William Bendix
Don Ameche
Rudy Vallee
Jerry Colonna
Robert Benchley
John Carradine
Sidney Toler
Victor Moore
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Cinematography Russell Metty
Edited by William Morgan
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates 21 April 1945
Running time 87 minutes
Country United States
Language English

It's in the Bag! is a 1945 comedy film featuring Fred Allen in his only starring film role. The film was released by United Artists at a time when Allen was at the peak of his fame as one of the most popular radio comedians.

Characters and story[edit]

A flea circus ringmaster (Allen), Fred Floogle, has strange encounters as he searches for his inheritance, hidden in the seat of one of five chairs.

The film is loosely based on the comic novel The Twelve Chairs (1928) of Ilf and Petrov, later filmed by Mel Brooks as The Twelve Chairs (1970). The team of screenwriters included Jay Dratler, Alma Reville (wife of Alfred Hitchcock) and Morrie Ryskind.

Binnie Barnes plays Mrs. Floogle.

Cameo roles are filled by other radio actors who had already, or were beginning to, become known in movies, including Don Ameche, Rudy Vallee, William Bendix, Jerry Colonna, Robert Benchley, John Carradine, Sidney Toler- and just to keep the "feud" alive, an unexpected appearance by Jack Benny.

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