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Kid Millions (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1934 (USA)
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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Cast

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Joan Larrabee
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Dot Clark
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Jerry Lane
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Col. Harrison Larrabee (as Burton Churchill)
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Louie the Lug
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Shiek Mulhulla
Jesse Block ...
Ben Ali
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Princess Fanya
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Khoot
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Oscar Wilson
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Herman Wilson
Jack Kennedy ...
Pop Wilson
John Kelly ...
Adolph Wilson
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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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10 November 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Abafando a Banca  »

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(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

Princess Fanya: You were wonderful. You not only saved my life but you saved my frankfurters too!
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References She Loves Me Not (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Ice Cream Fantasy
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson and Alfred Newman
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Performed by Ethel Merman, Eddie Cantor, Doris Davenport, Warren Hymer and chorus
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The Best of the Goldwyn-Cantor films
9 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All of the films Eddie Cantor made for Goldwyn in the 1930s are hysterically funny. Why do I feel that this one is the best? It is the most well balanced of them all. Cantor's songs "When My Ship Comes In", "Okay, Toots", and "An Earful of Music" are beautifully crafted songs of the veteran song writers Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn. The Irving Berlin number "Mandy" is given one of its best all out performances in a film. But this is not all. Cantor has the best supporting team he has ever had in the movies. Ann Southern and George Murphy are the perfect "young lovers". Unlike the romantic leads in other musical comedies of the period, they are not boring or cloying. Southern sings well and has a flair for comedy. Murphy's dancing can only be topped by Astaire and Kelly. The comic villains are played by Ethel Merman and Warren Hymer. Merman had proven herself as a singing comedienne on the stage, but Hollywood had no idea how to handle her. In this film, they got it right. Compare this to "Strike Me Pink", where Merman is cast as the female romantic lead. It just doesn't work! Of course, "Kid Millions" provides Merman with a few opportunities to show off her musical talents as well her comedic talents. I don't know much about Warren Hymer, but he is a fine character comedian and he does not steal the spotlight from Cantor. Doris Davenport is cast as the ingenue and romantic interest for Cantor. She is perfect and stays out of the comedian's way. It is the superior supporting cast and superior musical numbers which make this Cantor's best Goldwyn film. Some say "Roman Scandals" is funnier, but it is all Cantor. Cantor's biggest hit songs were in "Whoopee!", but this early Technicolor film is stage bound. Speaking of Technicolor, "Kid Millions" has a great Technicolor finale, "Ice Cream Fantasy", and if you look close, you will see the kids of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" shorts in a cameo. For those not acquainted with the musical and comedy abilities of Eddie Cantor, "Kid Millions" is a good "first" movie. It moves like lightning and is highly entertaining.


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