The Big Hangover
The Big Hangover is a 1950 American 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.
|The Big Hangover|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Norman Krasna|
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Cinematography||George J. Folsey|
|Edited by||Fredrick Y. Smith|
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 their apartment. 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
- Fay Holden as Martha Belney
- Leon Ames as Carl Bellcap
- Edgar Buchanan as Uncle Fred Mahoney
- Selena Royle as Kate Mahoney
- Gene Lockhart as Charles Parkford
- Rosemary DeCamp as Claire Bellcap
- Philip Ahn as Dr. Lee
- Gordon Richards as Williams
- Matt Moore as Mr. Rumlie
- Pierre Watkin as Samuel C. Lang
- Russell Hicks as Steve Hughes
The film was also known as Drink to Me Only.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- The Big Hangover at the American Film Institute Catalog.
- BY WAY REPORT: Norman Krasna Sells Self as Director of Own ComedyBy A. H. WEILER. New York Times 13 Mar 1949: X5.
- Kramer Signs Zinnemann; Build-up for Thompson; Carey, O'Hara in 'Bowie' Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times7 July 1949: 23.
- JUNE ALLYSON GETS NEW COMEDY LEAD: New York Times 6 July 1949: 23.
- Walt Disney to Speed 'Cinderella'; Gary Cooper Will Narrate Scenic Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times25 July 1949: A7
- "Top Grosses of 1950". Variety. January 3, 1951. p. 58.