Stop, You're Killing Me (1952)

Genres - Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Farce, Satire  |   Release Date - Dec 10, 1952 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 86 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Previously filmed in 1938 with Edward G. Robinson in the lead, the Damon Runyon-Howard Lindsay stage farce A Slight Case of Murder was musicalized in 1952 as Stop, You're Killing Me. Broderick Crawford stars as Remy Marko, a soft-hearted Prohibition beer baron who turns honest when the 18th amendment is repealed in 1933. Trouble is, Marko's beer tastes awful and his business plummets. Compounding this headache, Marko's daughter Mary (Virginia Gibson) intends to wed Chance Whitelaw (Billy Hayes), a police officer from a wealthy family. Hoping to put up a respectable front for their prospective in-laws, Marko and his wife Nora (Claire Trevor) rent a fancy mansion-spa in Saratoga -- where, unbeknownst to the ex-bootlegger, four gangster types have been shot to death by a desperado named Innocent (Harry Morgan). The rest of the film finds Remy trying to dispose of the cumbersome corpses while avoiding the baleful stares of both his future in-laws and the police. Not quite as good as its 1938 predecessor, Stop You're Killing Me at least affords viewers the rare opportunity of hearing Broderick Crawford sing!

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alcoholism, beer, business, corpse, criminal, daughter, death, family, going-straight, house, killing, loot, one-against-odds, orphan, police, Prohibition, rackets [corruption], songwriter, threat, vacation