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Kid Millions (1934)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  10 November 1934 (USA)
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A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

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Joan Larrabee
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Dot Clark
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Jerry Lane
Berton Churchill ...
Col. Harrison Larrabee (as Burton Churchill)
Warren Hymer ...
Louie the Lug
Paul Harvey ...
Shiek Mulhulla
Jesse Block ...
Ben Ali
Eva Sully ...
Princess Fanya
Otto Hoffman ...
Khoot
Stanley Fields ...
Oscar Wilson
Edgar Kennedy ...
Herman Wilson
Jack Kennedy ...
Pop Wilson
John Kelly ...
Adolph Wilson
Doris Davenport ...
Nora aka 'Toots'
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A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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HE HAD PLENTY OF DOLLARS AND NO SENSE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abafando a Banca  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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(3-strip Technicolor)|

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1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Eddie Wilson Jr.: I wonder what the doctor said to your father when you were born.
Princess Fanya: Why bring that up?
Eddie Wilson Jr.: That's just what I thought.
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References The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

An Earful of Music
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Ethel Merman and chorus
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Fun musical comedy comes halfway in Cantor's movie career

Funny man Eddie Cantor made surprisingly few films in which he had the lead (I don't count cameos and specialty numbers in all star films). He only made ten talkie features and KID MILLIONS is number five. (For the record he also appeared in two silents and two talkie shorts.)

Eddie plays a New York barge boy, who inherits an Egyptian treasure from his archaeologist father. Once in Egypt he is surrounded by a bevy of con artists both male and female, who try to get their hands on his money.

The gags and one-liners are funny as always and the eight songs are delightful. Two stand-outs are OKAY, TOOTS! and MANDY, done in Eddie's signature up tempo strut. The three-strip Technicolor finale is ravishingly beautiful -compare it to Eddie's two-strip talkie debut in WHOOPEE!

The youngest Nicholas brother is terrifically talented and with more personality than anyone else in the film. Ann Sothern makes a lovely love interest. Ethel Merman shines as both a singer and a comedienne here. Eve Sully as Princess Fanya (an Egyptian princess with a Yiddish accent) is an absolute scream and gives Eddie a run for his money as far as stealing scenes. She is a real find - I wonder why she is not better known and what became of her. Goldwyn Girl Lucille Ball is quite recognizable in the opening chorus number - she's on the right of the screen.

An absolute delight from beginning to end, it takes its place with WHOOPEE!, ROMAN SCANDALS, and ALI BABA GOES TO TOWN as one of Eddie's best. Don't miss it!


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