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If I Had a Million (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama  -  2 December 1932 (USA)
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A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Steve Gallagher
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Phineas V. Lambert
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Eddie Jackson
Jack Oakie ...
Private Mulligan
Richard Bennett ...
John Glidden
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Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)
Alison Skipworth ...
Emily La Rue
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Rollo La Rue
Mary Boland ...
Mrs. Peabody
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Private O'Brien
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Mrs. Mary Walker
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Storyline

Tycoon John Glidden, dying though still vigorous, is so dissatisfied with his relatives and associates that, rather than will his money to any of them, he decides to give it away in million-dollar amounts to strangers picked from the city directory. He picks a meek china salesman; a prostitute; a forger; two ex-vaudevilleans who hate road hogs; a condemned man; a mild-mannered clerk; a boisterous marine; and an oppressed inmate of an old ladies' home. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

2 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

China Shop  »

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| (USA) (DVD release)

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three sequences intended for the movie were not in the final print: "The Pheeneys" with Cary Grant, Richard Arlen and Miriam Hopkins, "The Man Who Drops Dead" by Oliver H.P. Garrett, directed by Thornton Freeland with Tallulah Bankhead, and Clive Brook, and "The Randall Marshalls" with Sylvia Sidney, Carole Lombard, Randolph Scott and Fredric March, and directed by Lothar Mendes. It is not known if the first 2 segments were filmed and dropped or simply not filmed. The last sequence was partially filmed, but dropped because March would not participate in retakes without salary. See more »

Goofs

The La Rues purchase 9 vehicles from the used car lot and drive out in one car followed by 8 other vehicles. At the end of the day when they are down to one car, they only pay off 6 drivers. See more »

Quotes

John Glidden: I want to give somebody a chance at happiness. I don't care who - I just want somebody to have something worthwhile out of what I spent my life to accumulate.
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Connections

Version of The Millionaire (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
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Traditional Negro spiritual
Sung by Clarence Muse
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A great batch of short stories
7 October 2006 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Thank heavens for fans of W.C. Fields, because it is they who have kept this diamond in the public forum after all these years. The film certainly does not belong to Fields, as his Road Hog routine is just one of eight stories of varying lengths. But fortunately, his fans discovered this film so the rest of us can truly enjoy everything else it has to offer, as well. A collection of writers presented eight stories of people who get an unexpected windfall from a steel tycoon. Some are funny, some are touching, some are brilliant in their brevity, some just make you think. Just desserts is the main theme. The Eddie Jackson (George Raft) segment is twistedly ironic enough to be a "Twilight Zone" episode. And EVERYBODY wants to be Phineas Lambert (Charles Laughton). Great writing, great cast - a good time.


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