Buy Me That Town

Buy Me That Town is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Eugene Forde and written by Murray Boltinoff, Harry A. Gourfair, Gordon Kahn and Martin Rackin. The film stars Lloyd Nolan, Constance Moore, Albert Dekker, Sheldon Leonard, Barbara Jo Allen, Edward Brophy and Warren Hymer. The film was released on October 3, 1941, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

Buy Me That Town
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byEugene Forde
Screenplay byMurray Boltinoff
Harry A. Gourfair
Gordon Kahn
Martin Rackin
Produced bySol C. Siegel
StarringLloyd Nolan
Constance Moore
Albert Dekker
Sheldon Leonard
Barbara Jo Allen
Edward Brophy
Warren Hymer
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Edited byWilliam Shea
Music byVictor Young
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 3, 1941 (1941-10-03)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States


After racketeer Chink Moran is drafted by the Army, his second-in-command Rickey Dean decides that the gang is no longer relevant and shuts things down. He and his pal Louie Lanzer leave NY to travel the country and decide what to do next. Their speeding car is stopped outside a tiny Connecticut village, and they're brought up before Judge Paradise and his beautiful clerk Virginia, who naturally arouses Rickey's interest. They're fined what they deem to be an inordinate amount, and not having the cash on them, accept jail time until their attorney can wire the money to bail them out.

The judge explains to Rickey that the town has been bankrupt since the local factory shut down. But because it's unincorporated, it's free to raise revenue through huge fines. This gives Rickey a brainstorm and he actually purchases the town, intending to turn it into a haven where fugitives can hide out safely in jail by simply refusing to pay the fines. He recruits some of his old gang members for civic positions like police and fire chiefs (the latter position filled by, of course, an arsonist). Louie meanwhile finds himself a potential girl friend in the person of their landlady Henriette, who turns out to be a gangster groupie and wants to be his "mole" (mispronouncing "moll").

Virginia appeals to Rickey to do something worthwhile, like reopen the factory and upgrade the town's facilities. Swayed by her charms, he begins investing in the town and helping to modernize it. But then Chink is released from the Army; he arrives in town and decides to deal himself in, but his ideas for illegal activities clash with the now-converted Rickey's plans. Things escalate toward an inevitable showdown, with Louie the linchpin in their battle for the town's future.



  1. ^ "Buy Me That Town (1941) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-08-06.
  2. ^ Sandra Brennan (2016). "Buy-Me-That-Town - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2015-08-06.

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