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The Match King (1932)

Approved | | Drama | 31 December 1932 (USA)
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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Lili Damita ...
Marta Molnar
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Babe
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Sonia Lombard
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Ilse Wagner
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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
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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:

Gyufakirály  »

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$165,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is loosely based on the Swedish industrialist Ivar Kreuger, who killed himself 9 months before this movie was released. 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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Soundtracks

Liebefreud (Love's Joy)
(uncredited)
Music by Fritz Kreisler
Played on the phonograph
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Rise and fall - the scarface of the business world
12 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

This gangster-styled story set in the world of business shows the rise of a janitor Paul Kroll, who as a janitor in the US returns to Sweden and rises to own and become a monopoly in the world matches business using unscrupulous and immoral antics. You know he has to fall. Good acting by the always good Warren William and an extremely beautiful LIly Damita as the "woman". The difference between making the movie today, than back then, would be the lack of melodrama between the William and Damita character (heck! it was the era of the woman's picture) Formulaic stuff but good formula all the same with an unusually expensive look (good cinematography, tons of location shooting, great sets, lots of wide shots) for a WB thirties picture tells you this was probably an expected blockbuster in the year of 1932.


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