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Gaily, Gaily

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Original title
Gaily, Gaily
Year
Running time
107 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Abram S. Ginnes (Novel: Ben Hecht)
Music
Henry Mancini
Cinematography
Richard H. Kline
Cast
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Producer
The Mirisch Production Company
Genre
Comedy
Synopsis / Plot
To escape sinful impulses, Ben Harvey, a callow youth, leaves his small town for Chicago in 1910. A pickpocket promptly relieves him of his money, and he nearly starves before Queen Lil takes him under her wing, gives him a room in her high-class bordello, and gets him a job at a newspaper. He's so sweet and dumb, he thinks Lil's is a boarding house. He's soon caught up in an electoral struggle between a secretly corrupt reformer and an openly corrupt councilman. Can Ben expose corruption or will he be caught up in allure of power? An alcoholic investigative reporter and the bordello's ingénue try to help him grow up.
Awards
1969: 3 Nominations for Oscar. Best Art Direction, Costume Design, Sound
1969: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Keith)
1969: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Adapted Comedy Screenplay
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