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Kenny Delmar reprises his character Senator Claghorn from Fred Allen's radio program. In this film Senator Claghorn runs for office to defeat a crooked "northern" politician. This is the same film in the Feature Films section this version is optimized for the iPod+video

It's a Joke, Son! is a 1947 American film directed by Benjamin Stoloff featuring radio comedian Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn; the inspiration for the cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn.

Plot summary

When the Daughters of Dixie nominate Magnolia Claghorn as a candidate for State Senator, the local political machine run by Northerners fear their candidate will be defeated. Through the Claghorn's daughter's boyfriend Jeff, the machine gets the idea to run Magnolia's husband Beauregard as a candidate in order to split the anti-machine vote.
They don't count on Beaurgard's incredible popularity and seek to stop him.


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  • Kenny Delmar as Senator Claghorn
  • Una Merkel as Mrs. Magnolia Claghorn
  • June Lockhart as Mary Lou Claghorn
  • Kenneth Farrell as Jefferson "Jeff" Davis
  • Douglass Dumbrille as Big Dan Healey
  • Jimmy Conlin as Senator Alexander P. Leeds
  • Matt Willis as Ace, Healey's Henchman
  • Ralph Sanford as Knifey, Healey's Henchman
  • Daisy as Daisy
  • Vera Lewis as Hortense Dimwitty
  • Margaret McWade as Jennifer Whipple
  • Ida Moore as Matilda Whipple


  • Dixie (song)
  • The Bonnie Blue Flag


Category:1947 films
Category:American films
Category:English-language films
Category:Black-and-white films
Category:Eagle-Lion Films films
Category:1940s comedy films
Category:Films directed by Benjamin Stoloff

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