Free for All (film)

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Free for All
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Directed by Charles Barton
Produced by Robert Buckner
Written by Robert Buckner
Herbert Clyde Lewis (story)
Starring Robert Cummings
Ann Blyth
Percy Kilbride
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography George Robinson
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • November 1949 (1949-11) (New York City)
  • November 25, 1949 (1949-11-25) (United States)
  • November 29, 1949 (1949-11-29) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Free for All is a 1949 American comedy film directed by Charles Barton and starring Robert Cummings, Ann Blyth and Percy Kilbride.[1]


A young man invents a pill that can turn water into gasoline. While staying in Washington to register his patent, he falls in love with his host's daughter. However, she works for a major oil company and after she lets slip to her employers about the magical new formula, they desperately try to get their hands on it.

Main cast


The film was known as Hot Water.[2]

Filming started in Washington in June 1949.[3] The Daughters of the American Revolution opposed filming at Mt Vernon. There were twenty days filming at the studio.[4]


  1. ^ Goble p.770
  2. ^ PROSER, NASSERS TO FILM MUSICAL: New York Times 4 June 1949: 8.
  3. ^ Ed and Keenan Wynn Will Be in 'Alice' Cast Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 7 June 1949: A6.
  4. ^ 'Free for All' Difficulties By Frank Daugherty Special to The Christian Science Monitor.22 July 1949: 5.


  • Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter, 1999.

External links

  • Free for All on IMDb
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