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‘Money Madness’ has its faults but offers commentary on a timeless problem

Money Madness

Written by Al Martin

Directed by Sam Newfield

U.S.A., 1948

Steve Clark (Hugh Beaumont) arrives to town with a hefty sum of money acquired through clandestine activities as well as mounting pressure from former cohorts who want their share of the loot. In true con artist fashion the runaway begins a covert operation to protect what’s his. First, he temporarily stashes the cash in a safety deposit box. Second, he earns a job as a taxi driver, thus permitting him to easily and safely encounter a great number of new faces, any one of which might prove a useful pawn. Third, happenstance has it that he meets the lovely but distraught Julie (Frances Rafferty), a twentysomething single woman living with her bitter, cantankerous aunt. When she stumbles onto Steve, Julie is smitten by his smile, desire to support, and his willingness to see her freed from her aunt’s clutches.
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Lots of Rooney Flicks Today

Mickey Rooney movie schedule (Pt): TCM on August 13 See previous post: “Mickey Rooney Movies: Music and Murder.” Photo: Mickey Rooney ca. 1940. 3:00 Am Death On The Diamond (1934). Director: Edward Sedgwick. Cast: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Mickey Rooney. Bw-71 mins. 4:15 Am A Midsummer Night’S Dream (1935). Director: Max Reinhardt and William Dieterle. Cast: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Olivia de Havilland, Ross Alexander, Anita Louise, Mickey Rooney, Joe E. Brown, Victor Jory, Ian Hunter, Verree Teasdale, Jean Muir, Frank McHugh, Grant Mitchell, Hobart Cavanaugh, Dewey Robinson, Hugh Herbert, Arthur Treacher, Otis Harlan, Helen Westcott, Fred Sale, Billy Barty, Rags Ragland. Bw-143 mins. 6:45 Am A Family Affair (1936). Director: George B. Seitz. Cast: Mickey Rooney, Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden. Bw-69 mins. 8:00 Am Boys Town (1938). Director: Norman Taurog. Cast: Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Henry Hull, Leslie Fenton, Gene Reynolds, Edward Norris, Addison Richards, Minor Watson, Jonathan Hale,
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