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One in a Million (1935)

A typical mid-30s entry from the Maury M. Cohen Invincible arm of Chesterfield Pictures, shot in the usual static style of Frank R. Strayer who moved the camera maybe twice for a medium ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Spike McGafferty
Kitty Kennedy
Francis Sayles ...
Mr. Dickman
Fred Santley ...
Frankie, aka 'Madame Francois' (as Frederic Santley)
Barbara Rogers ...
Patsy Purcell (as Barbara Rodgers)
Detective Captain
Belle Daube ...
Aunt Helen
Lew Kelly ...
Store Detective Rourke
Jane Keckley ...
Mrs. Woods, Dickman's neighbor
Switchboard Operator
Store Manager
Leyland Hodgson ...
Aunt Helen's Butler


A typical mid-30s entry from the Maury M. Cohen Invincible arm of Chesterfield Pictures, shot in the usual static style of Frank R. Strayer who moved the camera maybe twice for a medium close-up, probably under orders not to from producer Cohen who knew moving the camera cost time and money. This one has good-girl Dorothy Brooks being summoned to the apartment of her department store boss, Mr. Dickman, who accuses her of stealing lingerie from the store, but if she will be nice and kiss him, he won't turn her in. She shoves him away and he tumbles (off-camera, of course) out of the second story window. Dorothy flees with the aid of her friend, Kitty Kennedy, and she soon encounters Donald Cabot, Jr. who, unknown to her, is the son of the department store owner. He, of course, also doesn't know she is an employee of his father's store wanted for assault and theft. No surprises from this point to the happy ending. Dickman, the cad, naturally turns out to be the lingerie thief. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

21 March 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Appointment  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Not real good, but of some interest to Charles Starrett's legion of fans!
18 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Producer: Maury M. Cohen. Copyright 15 September 1934 by Invincible Pictures Corp. Released by Chesterfield. No New York opening. Filmed at Universal Studios. U.K. release: 25 May 1935. Never released in Australia. 7 reels. 66 minutes.


SYNOPSIS: A shop-girl goes into hiding when she thinks she has accidentally killed her lecherous boss.

COMMENT: "One in a Million" presents one of our favorite cowboy heroes in the unlikely rôle of a lounge lizard. He does surprisingly well at it too, displaying a playboy side of his acting talents hitherto unsuspected. In fact he's the best thing about the movie. Mind you the heroine, as played by Dorothy Wilson is appropriately charming and naively self-conscious — a most realistic shop-girl -- but Gwen Lee is a bit of a pain as her resourceful friend. Likewise Lee's vis-à-vis, Guinn Big Boy Williams as our hero's obligatory sidekick.

But worst of all, is Frank Strayer's ho-hum direction. Strictly dullsville all the way. The guy who plays Madame Françoise is the best in the support cast, though Holmes Herbert has a nice moment of truth early on in the proceedings, which start slowly, gather speed and then outstay their welcome. Despite filming at Universal, the small budget doesn't help either.

Still, nice to catch up with this one which adds to our knowledge of Starrett's pre-western career.

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