U.S. Senator Oliver Loganberry (Victor Moore) investigates criminal activity in the Louisiana Purchasing Company. Company president and state legislator Jim Taylor ( Bob Hope) distracts the senator from his mission with a lovely woman, Marina (Vera Zorina).
They plan to place him into a compromising position to blackmail Loganberry. The bulk of Louisiana Purchase (1941) is waylaying the senator who doesn't seem to understand that his investigation is being deliberately impeded.
the Broadway play of the same name.
Since the story involves probing an actual state and taking satirical potshots at real life Louisiana governor Huey Long, the film spends about 5 minutes at the beginning assuring everyone (including those litigious among us) that this is a fictional story.
There are lots of funny characters like a nervous embezzler who says "They say the liquor at Leavenworth ain't fit for man nor beast" and "We don't want a fair trial; they'll hang us."
Filmed in Technicolor, the rich hues and tones of the sets and costumes are a feast for the eyes.
With all this at their disposal, the filmmakers felt compelled to have a fashion show, which interrupts the plot for a few minutes. However, Hope interrupts the fashion show with quips.
The stars of the show, however, don the exciting clothes.
You'll get a laugh or two from Bob Hope's reliable one-liners. These were sorely needed since the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred just a few weeks before the release of this film.
Louisiana Purchase is a fun film about political corruption, but is also a quest to wow you with Paramount Pictures' big budgets.