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The Inspector General (film)

The Inspector General
DVD cover
Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Jerry Wald, Sylvia Fine
Written by Harry Kurnitz
Philip Papp
Ben Hecht
Based on The Inspector General
1832 play 
by Nikolai Gogol
Starring Danny Kaye
Walter Slezak
Elsa Lanchester
Alan Hale Sr.
Barbara Bates
Gene Lockhart
Music by Johnny Green
Sylvia Fine
Cinematography Elwood Bredell
Edited by Rudi Fehr
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • December 30, 1949 (1949-12-30)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.2 million (US rentals)[1]

The Inspector General is a 1949 Technicolor musical comedy film. It stars Danny Kaye and was directed by Henry Koster. The film also stars Walter Slezak, Gene Lockhart, Barbara Bates, Elsa Lanchester, Alan Hale Sr. and Rhys Williams. Original music by Sylvia Fine and Johnny Green.


  • Premise 1
  • Plot 2
  • Cast 3
  • Soundtrack 4
  • DVD release 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The film is loosely based on Nikolai Gogol's play The Inspector General. The plot is re-located from the Russian Empire into an unspecified corrupted region of a country that suddenly finds itself under the supervision of the First French Empire.


Georgi (Danny Kaye), an illiterate member of a wandering band of Gypsies led by Yakov (Walter Slezak) escapes from a travelling medicine show after he innocently lets slip that the elixir they're selling is a fraud. Tired and hungry, he wanders into the small town of Brodny and whilst trying to sample the contents of a horse's feedbag, he's arrested as a vagrant and sentenced to hang the next day by a corrupt police chief (Alan Hale Sr.), desperate to prove his efficiency.

The town is run by a corrupt Mayor (



Johnny Green won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Score for his work on the film. Kaye's wife Sylvia Fine wrote the original songs "The Inspector General" and "Happy Times," both sung by Kaye in the film. "Happy Times" was, in fact, the working title of the film.

DVD release

The Inspector General is one of a number of major Hollywood productions from the 1940s and 1950s that have lapsed into the public domain in the United States.[2] The last copyright holder was United Artists Television (later MGM and Turner Entertainment).

See also


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1950', Variety, January 3, 1951
  2. ^ "The Inspector General (1949)". Retrieved 19 December 2012. 

External links

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