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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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Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
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Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
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Jack Forbes
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Violet
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Michael Cummins
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Lu Lu Carroll
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Billy Baxter
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Miss Wheeler-Smith
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Pernasse - Hotel Manager
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Marcelle Dubrey
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Jewish Tourist's Wife
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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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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 27 November 1929 and closed 5 July 1930 after 254 performances. Helen Broderick, Lester Crawford (the parents of Broderick Crawford) and William Gaxton originated their movie roles in the play. Other opening night cast members included Betty Compton, Jean Del Val, Thurston Hall and Genevieve Tobin. See more »

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Version of Paree, Paree (1934) See more »

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You Remind Me Of My Mother
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Written by George M. Cohan
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Sometimes funny, sometimes painful
16 April 2005 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Hardcore fans of Olsen and Johnson and/or Bela Lugosi will need no persuading, but others may find Fifty Million Frenchmen a pretty heavy slog. It's one of those early talkies where the actors hadn't quite figured out how to adjust their body language or their vocal intonations to suit the new medium, and it's at times awkwardly paced and badly shot. Nonetheless there are some inspired moments of Olson and Johnson lunacy, especially when the boys disguise themselves as the assistants of a stage magician and end up on stage performing a deadly sword trick. The romantic subplots are unnecessary and uninteresting and Johnson's maniacal laughter soon gets irksome.


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