|Always Leave Them Laughing|
original theatrical poster
|Directed by||Roy Del Ruth|
|Produced by||Jerry Wald|
|Screenplay by||Melville Shavelson|
"Fountain Pen Sketch" from Make Mine Manhattan:
|Story by||Max Shulman|
|Edited by||Clarence Kolster|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|November 26, 1949|
|Box office||$1.4 million|
A nobody, comic Kip Cooper does his act on stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey to more snores than roars. He asks out one of the performing Washburn sisters for a date, and finds that Fay's parents once did a vaudeville act that Kip still knows by heart.
Kip convinces Fay to do the old act themselves. But when he's offered a solo engagement, Kip grabs it, only to flop and be cheated out of his pay. He takes a small part in a show, lying to the Washburns that he was hired to be the lead, and does an impromptu gag that gets him fired.
Fay needs a job, so she joins the chorus of old-time comedian Eddie Eagen's touring show. Kip takes a bit too much interest in Eddie's beautiful and much younger wife, Nancy, who co-stars in the revue.
Kip ends up going on for Eddie during an illness, and then becomes his replacement. Eddie attempts a comeback when the show gets to New York, but collapses on stage. Kip's career takes off after that, but what he wants most is for Fay to take him back.