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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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John Glidden
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Rollo La Rue
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Private O'Brien
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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 <>

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Release Date:

2 December 1932 (USA)  »

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China Shop  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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5 June 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Superb, episodic film showing what various people would do if they got a million dollars. The cast includes all of Paramount's biggest stars at the time and all the segments are by different directors. All the episodes are excellent--some are tragic, some are hilarious (the Fields one especially). All the acting is great (Raft especially) and there's never a dull moment. All of the episodes are short and don't wear out their welcome (the film is under 90 minutes). Basically, one of the best all-star films of the 30s--right up there with "Grand Hotel" or "The Women". If you get a chance, see it! It's well worth it.

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