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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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(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
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Private Mulligan
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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)  »

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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

Although he is billed first, Gary Cooper (Steve Gallagher) does not appear until 54 minutes into the film. 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

John Glidden: [in letter] Herewith is a check for One Million Dollars presented to you by the undersigned. There are no conditions or restrictions attached to its use. I can only caution you to use it wisely and to the best of your ability in the promotion of your own happiness and welfare, for which procedure there seems to be no established precedent. Should you encounter any difficulties regarding this check, you may reach me at the above address. I will not, however, assume the responsibility of advising ...
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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
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Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played as dance music at the Idylwood home
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Great episodic comedy that is too often overlooked
17 May 2004 | by (East Coast, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Eight directors wow! I think this movie may still hold some kind of record for most directors on one production. But then again! This is actually eight small productions rolled into one. Robert Altman's Shortcuts tried the same kind of thing minus the eight directors. My favorite parts are the Wynne Gibson/prostitute sequence- a gem, Charlie Ruggles & Mary Boland/henpecked husband "Gimme Your Check Dear", WC Field & Allison Skipworth/Roadhog! Roadhog!, and of course dear ole May "I Can Bake Biscuits" Robson in the last sequence,... Fernwood home for elderly ladies. You gotta give Paramount credit for trying something different with eight different well-known directors set loose to run amuck. The moral of this movie or 'movies' is the underlying theme of money. What would you do if someone just came into your life one day and gave you a million dollars as Richard Bennett does in each of the eight stories? This movie was released near the start of the Depression so it must have plucked then audiences' nerves. A million dollars was a dream for many in 1932. And probably a dream for Paramount hoping this would be box office gold. I wish this movie was made a staple of the Thanksgiving-into-Christmas season period just like that classic 'It's A Wonderful Life'. This is a great comedy to be viewed over and over again. And even though it's a comedy it has a good ethical theme. It just gets better with each viewing. Just pray for a vhs or dvd release.

(** Years ago this movie 'HAD' been released on home Laserdisc in the late 1980s-early 1990s)


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