Champagne for Caesar (1950), starring Ronald Colman, Barbara Britton, Art Linkletter, Vincent Price, Celeste Holm
Synopsis of Champagne for Caesar
Editorial review of Champagne for Caesar, courtesy of Amazon.com
Initially, Beauregard is in it for the loot, but this soon changes as the show’s apoplectic boss, Burnbridge Waters (Vincent Price), mobilizes his staff–and in-house Mata Hari (Celeste Holm)–to finish off the seemingly unflappable contestant. Now front-page news, Beauregard means higher ratings and increased soap sales. Burnbridge realizes he has created a monster.
Directed by Richard Whorf from a script by Hans Jacoby and Fred Brady, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin, this sophisticated, rapid-fire lark will remind some of vintage Preston Sturges (Sullivan’s Travels). It benefits immeasurably from the casting of Colman and Price as antagonists. Colman does a shrewd parody of his erudite charmers, and Price proves that he had the makings of a top-flight comedian well before he turned to ham-and-stakes horror. The title refers to Beauregard’s alcoholic parrot and its choice of beverage. –Glenn Lovell