- Actors: Ronald Colman, Celeste Holm, Vincent Price, Barbara Britton, Art Linkletter
- Directors: Richard Whorf
- Writers: Frederick Brady, Hans Jacoby
- Producers: George Moskov, Harry M. Popkin, Joseph H. Nadel
- Format: Black & White, Original recording reissued, NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: First Look Home Ente
- VHS Release Date: January 27, 1998
- Run Time: 99 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304681003
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,297 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Champagne for Caesar [VHS]
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
Top Customer Reviews
I looked forward to this DVD but must report that technically it falls too far short to recommend. About a quarter of the way into it, the sound turns extremely harsh and is almost unlistenable. Later still, intrusive scratches and smudges-- that surely could have been eliminated--suddenly intrude, spoiling the moment.
"Champagne for Caesar" remains a charming romp but not in this presentation.
The sound on the VHS, BTW, isn't very good either at times, however, it's just in few spots; the picture is okay. If the DVD is no better than this, it might be worth picking up, but not at list.
Incidentally, Mr. Price possessed an unbelievable range--one has only to see him in the films in which he appeared prior to his becoming a horror icon (which isn't to be disparaged; those films are great fun) to know what I mean. In addition, he was an incredibly cultured man, kind and courteous, who was considered an authority on the finer things in life, such as art and food. I had the privilege of seeing him perform live in 1979 when he was touring in a revival of a one-man show called Diversions and Delights in which he played a post-Reading Gaol Oscar Wilde. The show ran in the tiny Roundabout Stage One theater on West 23rd Street here in Manhattan, our seats were practically onstage, and I can't honestly say that I've ever enjoyed an evening of theater more. Mr. Price was electrifying and to this day I can't watch his films without regretting that no one had the foresight to film a performance of Diversions and Delights. The world lost a great actor, a great connoisseur, and--most importantly--a great gentleman with his passing.
Bottom line is, buy this ONLY if you can't do without this film. Otherwise there are lots of other wonderful films on better DVDs.
This is a very funny satire of quiz shows and of tv advertisers, backed by a stunning cast which includes Ronald Colman as Beauregard Bottomly, a genius who knows everything except how to keep a job. He embarks on a quest to destroy a sponsor of a tv quiz show, by answering enough questions to bankrupt them. Celeste Holme co-stars as the beautiful, intelligent femme fatale sent to find his weakness. Vincent Price is the owner of the soap company who sponsors the quiz show, and his performance as the wickedly funny "Dirty Waters" is one of the many bright spots of this film. Art Linkletter has a supporting role as "Happy Hogan", the host of the quiz show, with some very funny moments between him and Vincent Price. Mel Blanc is the voice of "Caesar", an alcoholic parrot. Everybody in this film is excellent, and this is a movie that shouldn't be missed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
First let me say the Video of this film is the best I have ever seen on DVD and appears to be copied from a 35mm original film. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Maestro
Last night I was finally able to watch the long anticipated “Champagne for Caesar” (1950), a United Artists release directed by Richard Whorf, starring Ronald Colman, Vincent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fernando Silva
sound quality was not as good as I had expected but I like these actors and wanted to see Vincent Price in a comedyPublished 7 months ago by Good Shopper
Everyone should see this witty classic film that tells the story of an out of work genius who goes on a game show to outwit the owner of a soap company who didn't hire him by... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Monica G. Schlottenmeier
Some of the old movies still are fun to watch and this is definitely on of the good ones. It is a very cute story with subplots. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sharon
One of the funniest comedies and satires of American life, the invasion of television into the home, and highbrow vs. pretentious twits EVER! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Douglas B. Jones