The Big Hangover

A GI Bill law intern (Van Johnson) romances the boss' daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) while battling racism and his own extreme aversion to alcohol.
The Big Hangover
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 22 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: October 25, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1950
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • PCM Mono - English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6


User Ratings: 84
Elizabeth Taylor is warm and appealing as the amateur psychiatrist. Van Johnson, too, is rather subdued and serious here, to just as warming effect. Full Review
Mar 26, 2009
Rating: 2/4 -- [An] odd film about a man who gets dizzy at the mere sniff of any alcohol. Full Review
TV Guide
Mar 23, 2011
Rating: B+ -- The cast is so endearing that they do wonders with the silly premise. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 16, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- The Big Hangover, although it runs an uneven course; still is good for some laughs and is deserving of attention. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
The result makes an odd layer cake composed of alternate slabs of slapstick and preachment, none of it very digestible. Full Review
TIME Magazine
Mar 23, 2011
The funny stuff doesn't always pay off, but'it's a warming and enjoyable picture. Full Review
Associated Press
Jul 29, 2019

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David Maldon (Van Johnson) nearly drowned during World War 2 -- in a flood of brandy! Developing a condition known as "Liquor Recoil," David must avoid alcohol at all costs; the merest whiff makes him wobbly, and a quaff makes him crazy. Fortunately for David, he has a unique guardian angel watching out for him -- his boss' daughter, Mary (Elizabeth Taylor).

Writer/Director Norman Krasna is famous for his modern fairy-tale romances, often building skyscrapers of screwball set-ups from one absurd element. Less noted, however, is his proclivity for wrapping the sweetness around a serious social issue. Little chance of that being overlooked in this Krasna film, the first of two Liz would do with Van Johnson, as midway through the story veers off to directly confront racism and intolerance in post WW2 America. But don't worry -- there's still the menace of company parties and toasts to keep the comedy coming.

Product Description:

An honor student hired by a plush law firm, nearly drowns in brandy during a bombing raid in WW II. Now, just a whiff of the hard stuff renders him totally pie-eyed!

Plot Synopsis:

Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson team up for this frothy comic outing.
David -- a young man who fought in the Second World War and, later, overcomes his dirt-poor roots to attend law school -- graduates and lands work at a distinguished legal firm. Soon, he has eyes for the senior partner's daughter, Mary.
But will David's unusual allergy to alcohol prove disastrous in the courting of Mary' His would-be girlfriend offers her pop psychological advice and, just maybe, they can make it as a couple.


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  • UPC: 883316390016
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