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50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 14 February 1931 (USA)
Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ... See full summary »

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Ole Olsen ...
Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
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Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
William Gaxton ...
Jack Forbes
Helen Broderick ...
Violet
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Michael Cummins
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Lu Lu Carroll
Lester Crawford ...
Billy Baxter
Evalyn Knapp ...
Miss Wheeler-Smith
Charles Judels ...
Pernasse - Hotel Manager
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Marcelle Dubrey
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Jewish Tourist's Wife
Nat Carr ...
Jewish Tourist
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Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ditches her when he spots the woman of his dreams. When Jack tells his equally wealthy friend Michael Cummins that he will marry that mystery woman, Michael, upon learning that that woman is Lu Lu Carroll who he too has been trying to court, bets Jack $50,000 that he can't give up all his money and get engaged to her within two weeks. Jack accepts the bet as Mike strips him of his money. Jack has to try and meet and woo her all without doing anything with her that requires money, all the while trying to hide the fact that he has no money as he tries to earn some using whatever limited job skills he has at hand. Meanwhile, Mike hires a couple of American detectives, Simon Johanssen and Peter Swanson, to tail Jack to ensure that he keeps to the rules of the bet, but also to thwart Jack's attempts with ... Written by Huggo

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This was originally a Cole Porter musical, but the songs were omitted from the film because box-office receipts for musical films at that time were down. See more »

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Version of Paree, Paree (1934) See more »

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Paree, What Have You Done To Me?
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A zany madcap farce with the boys on the loose in France.
7 April 1999 | by (Burbank, CA) – See all my reviews

Fifty Million Frenchmen is a zany madcap farce with the boys on the loose in France. This Pre-Code comedy has some daring moments (Olsen & Johnson wickedly rummaging through lady's lingerie) and a real vaudeville feel to the humor. Olsen & Johnson are one of the most underrated and little known comedy teams of the 1930's and 1940's and this is a darn shame. Personally, I think their best work, in films like HELLZAPOPPIN' and CRAZY HOUSE, are far funnier than better known comedy duos like Abbott & Costello. Look for Bela Lugosi in a small cameo as a sinister swami who falls afoul of the boy's slapstick antics.


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