Inspector General, The (1949): Koster’s Musical Comedy, Starring Danny Kaye

Henry Koster directed The Inspector General, a Technicolor musical comedy, inspired by the play of Nikolai Gogol of the same title, starring Danny Kaye in one of his most popular vehicles.

The Inspector General
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The plot is re-located from the Russian Empire into an unspecified corrupted region of a country, which suddenly finds itself under the supervision of the First French Empire.

The film also stars Walter Slezak, Barbara Bates, and Elsa Lanchester.

Original music and lyrics are by the associate producer Sylvia Fine, who was married to Danny Kaye, with Johnny Green credited for musical direction and incidental score.

 

Credits:

Directed by Henry Koster
Produced by Jerry Wald and Sylvia Fine (associate producer)
Screenplay by Philip Rapp and Harry Kurnitz, suggested by the play by Nikolai Gogol
Music by Sylvia Fine (lyrics and music); Johnny Green (musical direction and score)
Cinematography Elwood Bredell, A.S.C.
Edited by Rudi Fehr

Production company: Warner Bros. Pictures

Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures

Release date: December 31, 1949

Running time: 100 minutes
Budget: $2,87 million
Box office $3,91 million