The Big Hangover
|The Big Hangover|
|Directed by||Norman Krasna|
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
The Big Hangover is a 1950 comedy film released by MGM. The film starred Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor and was written and directed by Norman Krasna. Supporting players include Percy Waram, Fay Holden, Leon Ames, Edgar Buchanan, Selena Royle, Gene Lockhart, and Rosemary DeCamp.
Despite being released with high hopes, The Big Hangover was a critical and box-office disappointment. Home video releases are scarce in any format, as the movie remains largely unknown.
Law school student David Maldon is hired by a prominent law firm. At a birthday party for the senior partner, John Belney, his erratic behavior causes Belney's beautiful daughter, Mary, to accuse David of being drunk.
He is not. David suffers from a rare malady, "liquor recoil," causing him to become intoxicated at the mere taste of alcohol. He hallucinates during these episodes, and Mary, a psychoanalyst, is fascinated at the way David even imagines a talking dog.
City attorney Carl Bellcap is threatening a lawsuit against the firm over the eviction of a Chinese family from its home. David intervenes, saving the day, but firm partner Charles Parkford had been responsible for the eviction and is now livid. Parkford slips wine into David's soup, then enjoys watching the younger man make a public spectacle of himself.
At law school graduation, David surprises his colleagues by submitting his resignation, deciding to work instead for Bellcap and the city. Mary hates to see him leave the family firm, but respects David's values and has also fallen in love.
- Van Johnson as David Maldon
- Elizabeth Taylor as Mary Belney
- Percy Waram as John Belney
- Leon Ames as Carl Bellcap
- Gene Lockhart as Charles Parkford
- Fay Holden as Martha Belney
- Edgar Buchanan as Uncle Fred
According to MGM records the film made $1,320,000 in the US and Canada and $306,000 overseas, leading to a profit of $25,000.
- The Big Hangover at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Big Hangover at the Internet Movie Database
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