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The Inspector General (1949) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by Henry Koster and produced by Jerry Wald and Sylvia Fine.

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The Mayor: The hospital - have you cleaned it up?
Lazlo: Well, you could eat off the floors. We put sheets on the bed, and we got the goats out of surgery. I put charts on the foot of each patient's bed indicating the nature of their illness.
The Mayor: Good. Now at least they'll know what they died from.


Gregor: The Inspector General. Yes, he has full power from the Emperor himself. And wherever he finds bribery and corruption, there the gallows and the firing squad go to work. More.
[the newly deposed Mayor of Klimenti is immediately given more wine to calm him]
The Mayor: What does he look like, this Inspector General?
Gregor: Who knows? A man of mystery. Five days he was in our midst and no one even suspected it. He went everywhere, saw everything, and uncovered such corruption that even I was shocked.


Georgi: [nervously] Oh, I have no wife. None of my family had wives. My father didn't like wives. I mean, my mother didn't like my father's wives.


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Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Inspector General" opened in St. Petersburg, Russia. in April 1836.
Near the beginning of the movie Leza (Barbara Bates) is tightening the corset of Maria (Elsa Lanchester). Maria demands that Leza tighten the corset more and Leza explains that is already tight. After Maria leaves another character comments that Leza was correct and the corset was too tight "it makes her eyes bug out." This was an inside joke since Elsa Lanchester's eyes were somewhat protuberant.
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