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50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  14 February 1931 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ole Olsen ...
Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
Chic Johnson ...
Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
William Gaxton ...
Jack Forbes
Helen Broderick ...
Michael Cummins
Claudia Dell ...
Lu Lu Carroll
Lester Crawford ...
Billy Baxter
Evalyn Knapp ...
Miss Wheeler-Smith
Charles Judels ...
Pernasse - Hotel Manager
Marcelle Dubrey
Vera Gordon ...
Jewish Tourist's Wife
Nat Carr ...
Jewish Tourist


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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La Marseillaise
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Written by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
In the score at the mention of "shores of France"
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Pretty Poorly Made Film
10 December 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

Your tolerance level of Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson will certainly determine how much you enjoy this comedy from director Lloyd Bacon. In the film they play two dumb Americans who find themselves in Paris trying to track down a certain woman. Along the way they manage to drive many people crazy including the viewers of the film. 50 MILLION FRENCHMEN is a pretty bad movie on several levels. I understand that comedy is very subjective but the Olsen and Johnson routine just didn't win me over here. In fact, I thought it was quite annoying at times and especially the Johnson laugh, which just made me want to throw myself in front of a moving bus. Even if you do enjoy their routine you're still going to be left with a rather poorly made movie. This was one of those early talkies where it's clear that most of the people involved just didn't know what they were doing yet. Just check out the opening scene with the woman and watch her performance. She's all over the place and appears to be looking off camera at the director trying to get some sort of help. Others throughout the cast also appears to be struggling in front of the camera but it doesn't stop here because the cinematography is bad and the entire film just has a very cheap look. Bela Lugosi fans might want to skip through some of the film to find his uncredited performance. It's funny to note that this film opened the same date as Dracula.

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