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The Richest Girl in the World (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 September 1934 (USA)
Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money, so she pretends to be her secretary Sylvia while Sylvia pretends to be ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jonathan 'John' Connors
Beryl Mercer ...
Wade Boteler ...
Jim Franey
Herbert Bunston ...
Dean Cavandish - Chief Trustee
David Preston
Edgar Norton ...
Binkley - the Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Coleman ...
Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)


Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money, so she pretends to be her secretary Sylvia while Sylvia pretends to be Dorothy. The real Dorothy, attracted to handsome young Tony Travers, pushes him to fall in love with the fake Dorothy, believing that if he does, it proves he is only after her money. But Dorothy's scheme is too complicated and begins to backfire, leaving everyone, especially Dorothy, confused about who loves whom. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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21 September 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Mais Rica do Mundo  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Donald: [Knock at the door] Hey, anybody want to buy a Saturday Evening Post?
Dorothy: No!
Donald: I'm working my way through college. Ha! Oh, you didn't know me. Hello, Phillip. Sylvia. John. And you, young lady.
[Kisses Dorothy]
Dorothy: Ohhh, Brandy before dinner.
Donald: Oh, I only had a couple. I'd a been here earlier, only I...
Dorothy: Only you came later.
Donald: That's right.
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Remade as Verdens rigeste pige (1958) See more »

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Gee, Now Who Didn't Think They Were Talking About Barbara Hutton?
19 October 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Richest Girl in the World in 1934 meant Barbara Hutton. Her exploits made her the Paris Hilton of the day. Did anyone seriously think that by titling the lead character Dorothy Hunter that RKO wasn't trying to cash in on Hutton's reputation?

Miriam Hopkins as Dorothy Hunter is naturally concerned with both privacy and wanting to know if she would really be marrying someone for love. She's hatched a scheme with her secretary Fay Wray to in public exchange identities. But that may come to an end soon as Fay is looking to marry Reginald Denny.

But along comes Joel McCrea who's got his own ideas about supporting himself in the true McCrea tradition. Hopkins crushes out on him big time and he falls for her thinking she's the secretary.

I can't say more, but any movie fan can take this plot from here. Still the leads are at their best and the film is good entertainment.

But who was RKO kidding?

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