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If I Had a Million (1932)

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

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(uncredited), (uncredited) | 6 more credits »

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(based on a story by) (as Robert D. Andrews), | 14 more credits »
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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)
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Emily La Rue
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Rollo La Rue
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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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2 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

China Shop  »

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| (USA) (DVD release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

$1,000,000 in 1932 had the same purchasing power as $15,700,000 in 2009. See more »

Goofs

Discovering he's about to die, millionaire Glidden decides to leave his money to names he's randomly selected from the phone book. But when first name he chooses turns out to be John D. Rockefeller, he flips a few pages further into directory and selects someone named Peabody - a name that would actually have appeared in the book before Rockefeller. See more »

Quotes

Rollo La Rue: Road hogs. A constant menace to society. They should be wiped out, Emily. Do you hear, wiped out!
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Connections

Version of The Millionaire (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played as dance music at the Idylwood home
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8 November 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

What a terrific 1932 film! Paramount's expensive depression comedy drama is one of the very best films made in the '30s and both a poignant and hilarious look at life in 1932 America. If you saw 42ND STREET and American MADNESS and perhaps THE KID FROM SPAIN all made the same year, you would have possibly the definitive early 30s films that allow as full a view of emotions and community as could be found. The cast is astonishing.. all the Paramount A- level stars, 8 of the best directors and 8 truly inspired vignettes present a balanced view of ordinary people 'winning a million dollars'... and their next move. My personal favorite was the prostitute who just wanted a good night's sleep, unmolested, and in a clean bed. The production values are huge, massive sets and elaborate scenes, especially the short one with Charles Laughton... the attention to detail and the fully realized settings are indicative of a very expensive film. All 8 scenes are terrific, not a slouch among them, and the final sequence in the old ladies home is particularly touching. George Raft's con man sequence and Gene Raymond's electric chair scenes are real eyeopeners given the irony involved. IF I HAD A MILLION is a film to find and celebrate. How amazing to have seen this in a 3000 seat cinema in 1932! imagine the cheering from the audience in the comedy scenes! What a crowd pleaser. In Australia this film ran prime time Saturday night 8.30pm on Nationwide free to air TV, such is its treasured reputation. It scored a ratings hit. True! check The TV guides here for ABC2 Saturday night Nov 1st 2009 if you do not believe me.


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