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Money Means Nothing (1934)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 15 June 1934 (USA)
At Joe's Roadside, a popular but rundown New York roadhouse where the wealthy and not-so-wealthy hang out, a wealthy Manhattan girl and a struggling Brooklyn boy meet and fall in love. She ... See full summary »

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At Joe's Roadside, a popular but rundown New York roadhouse where the wealthy and not-so-wealthy hang out, a wealthy Manhattan girl and a struggling Brooklyn boy meet and fall in love. She marries him against the wishes of her family, believing that love can solve everything, but she soon wonders if she made the right choice when she finds herself living in a manner, and with the kinds of people, she hadn't counted on. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Much better than you'd expect.
17 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewer who felt that "Money Means Nothing" turned out much better than they expected. After all, it was made by a tiny so-called 'Poverty Row Studio' (Monogram) and their track record wasn't exactly golden. Plus, although there are a few minor stars in the movie (Wallace Ford and Edgar Kennedy), the actors were mostly small-time and unknowns.

The film begins with a spoiled rich girl, Julie (Gloria Shea), slumming it in a local dive. Looking for excitement, she follows some thugs to see what they're up to. Unfortunately, she nearly gets herself killed when they turn out to be robbers--and she inadvertently ends up helping these jerks! At first, the driver who is robbed, Kenny (Ford) is annoyed at her--especially when she keeps throwing herself at him. However, after awhile he reciprocates and they begin dating. However, he is a simple working stiff and she's from a rich and well-connected family, so their love seems doomed. But, despite the odds, they marry...only to have a series of events nearly tear them apart.

I liked the plot because although I had a general idea where it was going, the film managed to surprise me several times. Additionally, the ending was very, very satisfying and the film was a great vehicle for Ford--a very competent and likable actor but also a guy who never rose to the higher echelons of acting--most likely since he seemed so ordinary and average. Well worth seeing and very well written. And, incidentally, one of the rare films that makes a great case in favor of spousal abuse!!


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