Make Me an Offer (1954)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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While ethnic humor was pretty much avoided by Hollywood in the politically touchy 1950s, Great Britain continued to turn out comedies relying upon accents and gentle stereotypes for laughs. Make Me an Offer stars Peter Finch as a stylish antique dealer who covets a precious vase. Among the many people with whom Finch comes in contact is a Jewish antique specialist (Meier Tzelnicker) who offers the star (and the viewers) several amusing glimpses at the ins and outs of his trade. Based on a novel by Wolf Mankowitz, Make Me an Offer wasn't given much theatrical play in the US, though it showed up with some regularity on TV. In the 1960s, the film became a precious commodity in the rush by local television stations to load up on color product--even second-rate Eastmancolor.

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antiques, Jewish, priceless, expensive, preservation