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The Match King (1932)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ...
Lili Damita ...
Marta Molnar
Glenda Farrell ...
Babe
Juliette Compton ...
Sonia Lombard
Claire Dodd ...
Ilse Wagner
Harold Huber ...
Scarlatti
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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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31 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Rei do Fósforo  »

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$165,000 (estimated)
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One of the earliest films to have a pre-credits sequence - seven years earlier than Of Mice and Men (1939), which is often cited as the first such. 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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Warren William at his best
9 October 1999 | by (Albany NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Though the script could have used a rewrite, mainly to upgrade the dialogue, Warren William's presence makes the film worth watching. He plays a lying, evil, conniving, and utterly ruthless human dynamo who works his way up from janitor to international power broker.In other words, a typical Depression-era anti-hero. Especially enjoyable is the penultimate flashback sequence, in which William remembers every rotten thing he's ever done. In a word, fun.


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