Review: ‘The Big Hangover’

Norman Krasna, as writer-director-producer, does a good job. Film gets a little too cute at times, and has a few dull stretches, but neither happens often enough to be serious.

Norman Krasna, as writer-director-producer, does a good job. Film gets a little too cute at times, and has a few dull stretches, but neither happens often enough to be serious.

Story is that of a young idealist, graduating from law school and about to enter a rich, socialite law firm. He has a peculiar allergy – to liquor – the result of being trapped in a wine cellar during a bombing, and almost drowning in a flood of brandy.

Meantime, the daughter of the law firm’s senior partner, who fancies herself an amateur psychiatrist, has taken the law grad in hand to cure him of his drink allergy, with the inevitable romantic complications.

Elizabeth Taylor is warm and appealing as the amateur psychiatrist. Van Johnson, too, is rather subdued and serious here, to just as warming effect.

The Big Hangover

Production

M-G-M. Director Norman Krasna; Producer Norman Krasna; Screenplay Norman Krasna; Camera George Folsey; Editor Fredrick Y. Smith; Music Adolph Deutsch

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Van Johnson Elizabeth Taylor Percy Waram Fay Holden Leon Ames Edgar Buchanan
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