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In the Money (1933)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  7 November 1933 (USA)
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Professor Higgingbottom, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine. Mrs. Higginbottom is opposed but the four Higginbottom children approve, on the... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ...
Spunk Hobbs (as 'Skeets' Gallagher)
Mary 'Lambie' Higginbottom
Warren Hymer ...
Gunboat Bimms
Sally Starr ...
Babs Higginbottom
Arthur Hoyt ...
Professor Higginbottom
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Dick Higginbottom
Erin La Bissoniere ...
Harold Waldridge ...
Louise Beavers ...


Professor Higgingbottom, an ardent member of the Whales, is offered a chance to invest $5,000 in a gold mine. Mrs. Higginbottom is opposed but the four Higginbottom children approve, on the premise that if Pa makes some easy money, they can continue to loaf. Grandpa, a kindly but meddling old soul also arrives for a visit. Money begins to roll in but not as fast as the children spend it. And then the investment turns out to be a pyramid scheme, and the family is stone-cold broke. Written by Les Adams <>

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7 November 1933 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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Remade as Red Lights Ahead (1936) See more »

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The charms of Warren Hymer
16 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In The Money is one of those Depression Era films where a formerly prosperous and idle family who lived on the dividends of a successful business. It has a dopey charm to it that makes it acceptable viewing for today.

Of course you have to really suspend disbelief that some idle rich girl would marry a pug fighter like Warren Hymer. But that's what Sally Starr does and later on her older and a bit more intelligent sister Lois Wilso takes up with his manager Skeets Gallagher.

As for Gallagher he's trying to urge his fighter back in the ring, but Hymer has decided he wants to be an actor and not just any actor, but a classical one. You have to hear him reading those lines from Hamlet that Laurence Olivier brought to the screen. It's a scream.

Hymer and Gallagher in another way prove to be this family's salvation and Arthur Hoyt sees his daughters married off. As for sons Harold Waldridge and Frank Coghlan I don't see much prospects for them other than being wastrels.

In The Money is a funny, but terribly dated Depression Era comedy with the lack of production values associated with a Poverty Row Studio.

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