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Robert Hardy Andrews (based on a story by)
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Release Date:
2 December 1932 (USA) See more »
A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Great episodic comedy that is too often overlooked See more (33 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Steve Gallagher

Charles Laughton ... Phineas V. Lambert

George Raft ... Eddie Jackson
Jack Oakie ... Private Mulligan
Richard Bennett ... John Glidden

Charles Ruggles ... Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)

Alison Skipworth ... Emily La Rue

W.C. Fields ... Rollo La Rue

Mary Boland ... Mrs. Peabody

Roscoe Karns ... Private O'Brien

May Robson ... Mrs. Mary Walker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... China Shop Salesman (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Second Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Reginald Barlow ... Otto K. Bullwinkle (uncredited)
Ada Beecher ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Vangie Beilby ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Clara T. Bracy ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Harry C. Bradley ... Uniformed Bank Guard (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Marine Sergeant (uncredited)
James P. Burtis ... Marine Jailer (uncredited)
James Bush ... Bowen - Teller at Second Bank (uncredited)
Billy Butts ... Newsboy in Bank (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron ... Murphy's Beds Proprietor (uncredited)

Berton Churchill ... Warden (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Mr. Monroe - Bank Executive (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Marie - Waitress (uncredited)
Cecil Cunningham ... Agnes - Emily's Friend (uncredited)

Frances Dee ... Mary Wallace (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Pedestrian at Accident (uncredited)
James Durkin ... Glidden Associate (uncredited)
Edith Ellison ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Effie Ellsler ... Mrs. Scott - Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Louise Emmons ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Margaret Fealy ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... China Store Customer (uncredited)
Blanche Friderici ... Mrs. Garvey (uncredited)
Wynne Gibson ... Violet Smith (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Mike - Carnival Bouncer (uncredited)
Lillian Harmer ... Idylwood Receptionist (uncredited)
Hallene Hill ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Samuel S. Hinds ... Lawyer (uncredited)
Fred Holmes ... China Shop Clerk (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Detective (uncredited)
Lew Kelly ... Prison Barber (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Prison Jailer (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Joe - Carnival Bouncer (uncredited)
Lydia Knott ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Ruby Lafayette ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)

Marc Lawrence ... Henchman of Mike the Gangster (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Mr. Brown (uncredited)
Ida Lewis ... Mrs. Davis - Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Lucien Littlefield ... Zeb - Hamburger Stand Owner (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Charles McMurphy ... Mike - Bank Plainclothesman (uncredited)

Grant Mitchell ... Prison Priest (uncredited)
Frances Moffett ... Glidden's Secretary (uncredited)
William V. Mong ... Harry - Jackson's Fence (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Death Row Singing Prisoner (uncredited)
Gertrude Norman ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Barbara Norton ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Gail Patrick ... New Secretary at Idylwood (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sailor with Violet (uncredited)
Walter Percival ... Carnival Concessionaire (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Mildred Pitts ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Bartender at Violet's Hangout (uncredited)
Gene Raymond ... John Wallace (uncredited)
Tom Ricketts ... Mrs. Walker's Dancing Partner at Idylwood (uncredited)
Willard Robertson ... Fred - Glidden Associate (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson ... Papadopoulos - Idylwood Cook (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Marvin - Glidden Assistant (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Driver (uncredited)
Margaret Seddon ... Mrs. Small - Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Cora Shannon ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Alice H. Smith ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
John St. Polis ... Glidden Associate (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Mr. Galloway - Bank Manager (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Glidden Associate (uncredited)
Frederick Sullivan ... Glidden Associate (uncredited)
Emma Tansey ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)

Kent Taylor ... Bank Teller (uncredited)
Jerry Tucker ... Crying Boy with Balloon (uncredited)
Morgan Wallace ... Mike - Jackson's Gangster Friend (uncredited)
Mai Wells ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Joy Winthrop ... Idylwood Resident (uncredited)
Edith Yorke ... Idylwood Resident with Parkinson's Disease (uncredited)

Directed by
James Cruze (segment "Death Cell") (uncredited)
H. Bruce Humberstone (segment "The Forger") (uncredited)
Ernst Lubitsch (segment "The Clerk") (uncredited)
Norman Z. McLeod (segments "China Shop" and "Road Hogs") (uncredited)
Lothar Mendes (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts (segments "Violet" and "Grandma") (uncredited)
William A. Seiter (segment "The Three Marines") (uncredited)
Norman Taurog (segments "Prologue" and "Epilogue") (uncredited)
Writing credits
Robert Hardy Andrews (based on a story by) (as Robert D. Andrews)

Claude Binyon  &
Whitney Bolton  &
Malcolm Stuart Boylan  &
John Bright  &
Sidney Buchman  &
Lester Cole  &
Isabel Dawn  &
Boyce DeGaw  &
Oliver H.P. Garrett  &
Harvey Gates  &
Ernst Lubitsch  &
Lawton Mackall  &
Joseph L. Mankiewicz  &
William Slavens McNutt  &
Robert Sparks 

Grover Jones  adaptation (segment "Grandma") (segment "Prologue") (uncredited)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz  adaptation (segment "China Shop") (segment "The Three Marines") (uncredited)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz  adaptation (segment "Road Hogs") (uncredited)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz  story (segment "Violet") (uncredited)
William Slavens McNutt  adaptation (segment "Grandma") (segment "Prologue") (uncredited)
Robert Sparks  story (segment "China Shop") (segment "Prologue") (uncredited)

Produced by
Emanuel Cohen .... executive producer (uncredited)
Benjamin Glazer .... associate producer (uncredited)
Louis D. Lighton .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Fischbeck (photographed by) (segment "The Clerk") (uncredited)
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum (photographed by) (segment "Death Cell" and "The Three Marines") (uncredited)
Gilbert Warrenton (photographed by) (segment "China Shop") (uncredited)
Alvin Wyckoff (photographed by) (segment "Road Hogs") (uncredited)
Film Editing by
LeRoy Stone (uncredited)
Casting by
Fred A. Datig (uncredited)
Production Management
Ernst Lubitsch .... production supervisor (uncredited)
Harold Schwartz .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director (segment "Death Cell") (uncredited)
Paul Jones .... assistant director (segments "Violet", "Grandma" and "The Three Marines") (uncredited)
William J. Scully .... assistant director (segment "China Shop") (uncredited)
Art Department
Lou Asher .... props (uncredited)
Ernest Johnson .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Grenzback .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Philip Wisdom .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George T. Clemens .... second assistant camera (segment "Death Cell") (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Titus .... second assistant camera (segment "Road Hogs") (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Edward Dmytryk .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"China Shop" - USA (segment title)
"Death Cell" - USA (segment title)
"Grandma" - USA (segment title)
"Road Hogs" - USA (segment title)
"The Clerk" - USA (segment title)
"The Forger" - USA (segment title)
"The Three Marines" - USA (segment title)
"Violet" - USA (segment title)
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88 min | USA:83 min (USA) (DVD release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1415-R, 31 August 1935 for re-release) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

$1,000,000 in 1932 had the same purchasing power as $15,700,000 in 2009.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
John Glidden:I'm dying and I don't know of one man in all the thousands that I employ that's fit to leave in charge of a peanut stand.See more »
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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Great episodic comedy that is too often overlooked, 17 May 2004
Author: zpzjones from East Coast, U.S.A.

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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