The Show-Off
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Written byGeorge Kelly (play)
Screenplay byGeorge Wells
Produced byAlbert Lewis
StarringRed Skelton
CinematographyRobert Planck
Edited byDouglass Biggs
Music byDavid Snell
Release date
December 1946
Running time
83 mins.
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,379,000[1]

The Show-Off is a 1946 film directed by Harry Beaumont based on the play of the same name by George Kelly. It stars Red Skelton and Marilyn Maxwell.[2] It was previously filmed in 1926 as The Show-Off starring Ford Sterling, Lois Wilson and Louise Brooks and in 1934 as The Show-Off with Spencer Tracy and Madge Evans. Lois Wilson also appeared in the 1946 version, but in a different role.


Amy Fisher's parents can't understand what their daughter sees in Aubrey Piper, a loudmouth and braggart who pretends to be more than the lowly clerk he is.

She marries Aubrey even though he can't seem to stop insulting others or interfering with their lives. He accidentally sets her inventor brother Joe's laboratory on fire and also wrecks a car, driving it without a license. He is kicked off a radio show for offending the sponsor and blows Joe's deal with a paint company by demanding the inventor be paid $100,000.

Things go from bad to worse as Amy and Aubrey move in with her parents. In the end, though, a change of heart from the paint company's boss seals Joe's deal and Aubrey gets the credit, pleasing everyone.




The film earned $1,928,000 in the US and Canada and $451,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $723,000.[1]

Radio adaptations

The Show-Off was presented on Lux Radio Theater in 1935 starring Joe E. Brown and 1943 starring Harold "Great Gildersleeve" Peary, Una Merkel, and Beulah Bondi, with slightly altered plot lines. Theatre Guild on the Air presented a one-hour adaptation on February 22, 1953 starring Paul Douglas and Jan Sterling.[3]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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  3. ^ Kirby, Walter (February 22, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 40. Retrieved June 23, 2015 – via open access