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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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Millicent
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Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Stooge
Russell Hopton ...
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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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20 October 1934 (USA)  »

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I Sell Everything  »

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

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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 »

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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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I Talk Endlessly
20 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about a shady auctioneer who is in love with his gift of gab, which our hero believes allows him to sell anything to anybody. This means much of the movie's brief running time is filled up with Pat O'Brien blabbing on, auctioneer style, about the peerless quality of his goods, the fairness of his pricing, his own inflated sense of self-regard, and (to his acolytes) the swell tricks he just pulled on some poor sap or other. If you like your petty swindlers to spew reams of bogus verbosity, this is the film for you.

Unfortunately, we're supposed to find our hero at least somewhat likable. Maybe Cagney could have pulled this off. Pat O'Brien, however, you just want to hit with an auctioneer's mallet. Ann Dvorak is given pretty good reason to revere the guy by the script, but, by the end of the film, it's hard to understand why she would not be joining the line of folks who want to murder the twit.

At least the movie makers had the wit to depict O'Brien as someone easily duped and he does not, ultimately, succeed in his big time schemes. And, like most Warners of the period, the film moves along pretty well. The problem here is the one finds with a lot of 30s Clark Gable films -- the lead character is a selfish cad in need of a sound thrashing, rather than a happy ending with the pretty female lead.


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