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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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Dorothy Wilson ...
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Spike McGafferty
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Kitty Kennedy
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Francis Sayles ...
Mr. Dickman
Fred Santley ...
Frankie, aka 'Madame Francois' (as Frederic Santley)
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Patsy Purcell (as Barbara Rodgers)
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Store Detective Rourke
Jane Keckley ...
Mrs. Woods, Dickman's neighbor
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Leyland Hodgson ...
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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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21 March 1935 (USA)  »

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Gwen Lee Steals This Movie!!
10 August 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Dorothy Wilson had a delicate beauty and an understated acting manner but she was swamped in this so called romantic comedy where everyone around her - Gwen Lee, Charles Starrett and Guinn Williams - were busy madly mugging their heads off!! The movie started off promising to warm the cockles of a mystery movie lover's heart. Pretty salesgirl Dorothy Brooks (Wilson) has been lured to Mr. Dickman's apartment where he accuses her of shoplifting which he will overlook if she is "nice" to him. A struggle develops and he falls over the balcony and she then finds herself on the run, helped greatly by her friend Kitty (Lee) who installs them both at a plush hotel. From then on the emphasis is on comedy as Dorothy finds herself chased by frivolous young playboy Don Cabot (Starrett) who even though he is at the hotel to announce his engagement, now finds he cannot live without Dorothy. There is even a case of mistaken identity with Don initially believing Kitty is the girl of his dreams.

There really isn't much of a plot to this silly, mercifully short movie. Whenever Wilson is given a few paragraphs of dialogue she tries to bring a bit of dimension and believability to the story but with Lee and Williams always on hand to do what they do best (she a dumb blonde, he a goofy buddy) what can Dorothy do but fade into the background. The year after this film, in 1936, Charles Starrett signed with Columbia where he became the famous "Durango Kid" and in the same year Wilson married and soon retired for marriage and motherhood.


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