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I Sell Anything (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 20 October 1934 (USA)
Auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is planning the scam of a lifetime, but will he get burned?

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Barbara
Claire Dodd ...
Millicent
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Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Stooge
Russell Hopton ...
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McPherson
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Gus Shy ...
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Leonard Carey ...
Pertwee - Millicent's Chauffeur
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Barouche
Clay Clement ...
Peter Van Gruen
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Fast-talking auctioneer Spot Cash Cutler is content with his Second Avenue existence selling pawned goods for highly inflated prices. One day, a Fifth Avenue society lady picks up a priceless belt buckle for a song at Cutler's shop. Cutler tries to get his cut of the true price, but she makes a counter-offer of an expensive auction house and a scheme to auction off a house full of fake antiques. Written by Erik Gregersen <emg@astro.caltech.edu>

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I Sell Everything  »

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Trivia

The $5,000 Cellini belt buckle would be worth over $88,000 in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Spot and Millicent leave his office, from the interior shot the outer side of the door is blank, but when they move into the hall, the door has "Office" written upon it. See more »

Quotes

Barouche: [speaking of furniture] You know, of course, what Louis the Fourteenth was responsible for?
'Spot Cash' Cutler: Sure, Louis the Fifthteenth!
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A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(1900) (uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung by entertainers in the beer garden
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Pat O'Brien plays one of the biggest jerks in his long career in this film.
14 November 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When "I Sell Anything" begins, you see that 'Spot Cash' Cutler (Pat O'Brien) is an auctioneer at a really sleazy joint. He employs shills to help him drive up the prices and cheats customer after customer with phony stories and hollow promises. Eventually, he meets up with Barbara (Ann Dvorak) and despite his being hard-edged and nasty, she falls for him. He also meets up with a high-class lady (Clair Dodd) who buys some crap off him...and it turns out to be worth quite a bit and Cutler is angry that one of his customers actually DID get a bargain! Which one will he fall in love with...the poor lady in need or the one sharp enough to actually best him? And which one is best for the 'ol rogue?

So is this any good? Well, it's a mixed bag. A HUGE problem is that no one is very likable--especially Cutler. You want him to be destroyed since he is a crook. But, O'Brien is amusing nonetheless and the film worth seeing, though hardly a must-see.


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