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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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Stooge
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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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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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Fun Plus A Bit Of New York History
18 March 2006 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

Pat O'Brien plays the character who boasts the tile slogan. He is an auctioneer. He isn't really a criminal but he's not on the up and up, either. Interestingly, he isn't in a small town at a carnival. These auctions are taking in suckers in Manhattan. He's on Second Avenue! Wow, how it has changed since those days! I like O'Brien a lot, in his comic and his serious roles. I have to say that here, though, Lee Tracy could have run circles around him. In some ways this is a post-Code, urban "Half Naked Truth." Ann Dvorak is another major favorite of mine. I would watch virtually, maybe literally, anything she's in just to see her. Here she is kind of wasted: We first see her when she'd down on her luck -- homeless and without funds. I won't give anything away but let's just say that's not totally the way her character ends up.

Claire Dodd is also good. She plays a woman from farther East -- Fifth Avenue -- who takes O'Brien down the garden path.

It's a highly entertaining movie, though not by any means a great one.


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