IA #28: The Inspector General (1949)

 The Inspector General (1949) on IMDb

This colorful Danny Kaye vehicle won a Golden Globe award for Johnny Green’s musical score. The Inspector General is loosely based on Nikolai Gogol’s play of the same name, but with the setting vaguely French instead of Russian.

Kaye plays an honest buffoon who becomes mistaken for the disguised inspector who would discover the rampant corruption in a nearby town. The mayor and other townsfolk pamper the buffoon while plotting whether to kill him. It’s a fun comedy, well worth its lofty ranking in the Internet Archive Top 100.