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The Match King (1932)

 -  Drama  -  31 December 1932 (USA)
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Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ...
Paul Kroll
Lili Damita ...
Marta Molnar
Glenda Farrell ...
Babe
Juliette Compton ...
Sonia Lombard
Claire Dodd ...
Ilse Wagner
Harold Huber ...
Scarlatti
John Wray ...
Foreman of Janitors
Spencer Charters ...
Oscar
Murray Kinnell ...
Nyberg
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Erik Borg
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Borglund
Edmund Breese ...
Olaf Christofsen
Robert McWade ...
Mr. Larsen
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Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation of everyone and employment of femmes-fatale, he parlays this into a match monopoly, expanding over many countries. Finally he meets a woman so gorgeous she turns his head away from a business that needs constant financial manipulation to survive. Based on the real career of Ivar Kreuger. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama

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Approved
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31 December 1932 (USA)  »

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The Match King  »

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$165,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Marta Molnar is based on Greta Garbo. Warner Bros. tried unsuccessfully to borrow Garbo from MGM for the role. See more »

Goofs

In the meeting between Kroll and Scarlatti, Kroll blows out four of the five candles in a candelabra. The very next scene shows two candles still lit. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kroll: Never worry about anything 'til it happens. Then I'll take care of it.
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Liebefreud (Love's Joy)
(uncredited)
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Played on the phonograph
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One of the best movies you probably never heard of
13 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is probably the best performance you'll see by Warren William--a very popular leading man in the early to mid 1930s but who has been all but forgotten today. And, since he's no longer a household name, it's not surprising that this film is very much unknown.

This story is based on a real individual named Ivar Kreuger, who tried to corner the world market on matches by being about the most unscrupulous and power-hungry man of his day. The film concerns the many ways he shows that down deep he has no soul and there is no sin beyond him if it gains him more money and power.

William is exceptional in the role and the film is fascinating from start to finish. Considering the film is about matches, it must have taken considerable writing, acting and directing talents to produce such a captivating film.


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