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Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed  -  Comedy | Sport  -  8 July 1932 (USA)
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A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ...
Migg Tweeny
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The President
Andy Clyde ...
The Major-Domo
Lyda Roberti ...
Mata Machree
Susan Fleming ...
Angela
Ben Turpin ...
Mysterious Man
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Secretary of the Treasury
George Barbier ...
Mr. Baldwin
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Willie - Angela's Brother
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Storyline

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings. Written by Carl Schultz

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It's Insane -- It's Joyous

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Comedy | Sport

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8 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A todo gas  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie, Klopstokia's ancient national anthem - which doubles as Tweeny's mating song to Angela - is actually the title song to Paramount's Maurice Chavalier film of that same year, One Hour with You (1932), with special gibberish lyrics written for the occasion by co-author Henry Myers as a satire on movie romances. Strains of the same melody are also heard in another Paramount release of the same year, Duck Soup (1933) during Harpo's 'Paul Revere' scene. See more »

Goofs

The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. See more »

Quotes

The President: Hello sweetheart.
Migg Tweeny: Listen, my name's Tweeny.
The President: You'll always be sweetheart to me.
Migg Tweeny: I know, I know, but there's talk already.
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Connections

Referenced in The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
In the score as Fanfare for the President's entrance
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An Overlooked Gem That Cries out for DVD Release
27 January 2008 | by (Bigtown, Montana USA) – See all my reviews

One of Fields' overlooked best, for the sheer absurdity of the story. Okay, so imagine the president of your country is chosen by whoever can out-wrestle the guy in office now. Doesn't that make as least as much sense as 50 state caucuses? Oh, and BTW, he's built like W.C. Fields. The title, of course, has no relation to anything in the film. Except maybe Susan Fleming? If, however, you think humor is Adam Sandler making guttural noises, or Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock spouting racial and sexual obscenities, then you should pass this movie by. But I doubt such people can read, so that's redundant. And if you have to ask Why Ben Turpin? then you may as well ask Why a Duck? Absurdity - you either get it, or you stay a surd. Happily, most of the reviews here on IMDb are by true Friends of Bill. The only thing no one has mentioned is this bit of trivia: The speedy Major-Domo, Andy Clyde, would go on to be Hopalong Cassidy's best sidekick, California Carlson.


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