The war in Europe is over, the Japanese are about to surrender after the Nagasaki bombing, but a group of die-hard German Nazis are holding on in Shanghai, protecting an ingenious invention... See full summary »
An unsuspecting, disenchanted man finds himself working as a spy in the dangerous, high-stakes world of corporate espionage. Quickly getting way over-his-head, he teams up with a mysterious femme fatale.
"Cash" is not only the title but the leitmotif of this fast-moving farce: it's what entrepreneur Edmund Gilbert (Edmund Gwenn) and his family lack; it's what their creditors keep hounding them for; it's what young Paul Martin has found ($100,000 worth); it's what he waves in front of prospective investors in Gilbert's latest scheme. The plot of this quota quickie creaks a bit, although events move along at a good clip in the second half. Good performances help immensely - not just from the two future Oscar-winners in the cast (Gwenn is particularly entertaining, and more manic than we're used to seeing him), but from Clifford Heatherley as a slightly bemused butler and Hugh E. Wright as an investor with a hearty appetite. It's not a classic, but it is a decent example of the kind of fantasy that kept audiences hoping during the depths of the Depression.
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