MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 19,570 this week

Thanks a Million (1935)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 128 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screen play)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 52 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
 
a list of 250 titles
created 19 Apr 2011
 
list image
a list of 2312 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 47 titles
created 07 Jul 2013
 
a list of 319 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Thanks a Million" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Thanks a Million (1935)

Thanks a Million (1935) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Thanks a Million.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

'G' Men (1935)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

It's the early days of the F.B.I. - federal agents working for the Department of Justice. Though they've got limited powers - they don't carry weapons and have to get local police approval ... See full summary »

Director: William Keighley
Stars: James Cagney, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Gene Kelly
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Bob "three star" is the hotshot pilot for Trans America Lines. When he is not flying for the airlines, he can get into trouble doing aerobatics over the field. His main squeeze is Judy ... See full summary »

Director: D. Ross Lederman
Stars: Lyle Talbot, Ann Dvorak, Gordon Westcott
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged with Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius. Oberon and Titania, of the ... See full summary »

Directors: William Dieterle, Max Reinhardt
Stars: James Cagney, Dick Powell, Ian Hunter
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In a luxury hotel stage director Nicoleff stages a show to get the money to pay his bills. Mrs. Prentiss, who is backing the show wants her daughter Ann to marry the millionaire T. Mosely ... See full summary »

Director: Busby Berkeley
Stars: Dick Powell, Adolphe Menjou, Gloria Stuart
Crime | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Al Howard may be a star on Broadway, but he is no longer welcomed by any producer. It seems that he just trots off to Mexico any time he wants causing shows to close and producers to lose ... See full summary »

Directors: Archie Mayo, Michael Curtiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Al Jolson, Ruby Keeler, Glenda Farrell
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A man who loves an aspiring opera singer is prepared to sacrifice everything to help her with her career, even though he knows she doesn't love him.

Director: Victor Schertzinger
Stars: Grace Moore, Leo Carrillo, Robert Allen
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A down-on-his luck newspaperman finds himself the center of an experiment being conducted by two daffy millionaires--to see if someone can spend $1000 a minute, every minute, for 12 solid ... See full summary »

Director: Aubrey Scotto
Stars: Roger Pryor, Leila Hyams, Edward Brophy
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Paul Czinner
Stars: Elisabeth Bergner, Hugh Sinclair, Griffith Jones
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mirabel wins a $5,000 lottery which will enable her to live like a queen in New York. There she meets Sandro, a bellboy who is really a prince, so she does get to be a queen after all.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Francis Lederer, Frances Dee, Benita Hume
Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Former burlesque producer moves into legitimate theatre and does well until he marries a socialite. After his divorce his former top singer returns from London to help out.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Warner Baxter, Alice Faye, Jack Oakie
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Movie star changes places with a king who looks exactly like him, causing complications for all concerned.

Director: Frank Tuttle
Stars: Carl Brisson, Mary Ellis, Edward Everett Horton
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Sally Mason
Fred Allen ...
Ned Lyman
...
Phoebe Mason
Paul Whiteman ...
Paul Whiteman (as Paul Whiteman and Band)
Ramona ...
Dancer
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Culliman
David Rubinoff ...
(as Rubinoff)
The Yacht Club Boys ...
(as Yacht Club Boys)
Benny Baker ...
Tammany
Andrew Tombes ...
Mr. Grass
Alan Dinehart ...
Mr. Kruger
Paul Harvey ...
Maxwell
...
Mr. Casey
Margaret Irving ...
Mrs. Kruger
Edit

Storyline

Entertainers enter a political rally to get out of the rain and become part of the show. One of them (Powell) gives a speech in place of the besotted candidate (Walburn) and is chosen to be the candidate by backers he later exposes as crooks. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 November 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mil Vezes Obrigado  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"What a Beautiful Night" with Music by Harry Ruby and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar was written for the movie but not used. See more »

Goofs

Position of Eric's trench coat collar changes between long-shots and close-ups when Sally and Eric plan an excursion from the remainder of their troupe and the politicians. See more »

Connections

Remade as If I'm Lucky (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Sittin' on a Hilltop
(1935)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Dick Powell (uncredited) and The Yacht Club Boys
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sitting High High High On His Hilltop
13 September 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

After becoming Warner Brothers big musical star in the Thirties, Darryl Zanuck who had formerly been chief of production at Warner Brothers before going to 20th Century, got Jack Warner to loan him Dick Powell for two films. The second was On the Avenue which may have been his best film in the decade and this one, Thanks a Million which is almost as good.

Powell desperately wanted to broaden his range, but the only thing Jack Warner gave him that could be classified as broadening was A Midsummer Night's Dream and that was a bit too broad. While both Thanks a Million and On the Avenue were not heavy drama, the writing was considerably above what Powell was given at Warner Brothers.

I happened to have some old vinyl albums which contained Dick Powell's recordings of the songs he sang from this film even though I had never seen it until recently. I liked the score that Arthur Johnston and Gus Kahn wrote, very much and it was what prompted me to get a bootleg tape of Thanks a Million. I'm glad I did.

It's one of the best political satires, I've ever seen done. Powell is a singer with a troupe traveling by bus to New York when it inevitably breaks down. To sing for their supper they join forces with political candidate Raymond Walburn to provide entertainment at his rallies. Soon they take over and one night when Walburn gets to drunk to go on, Powell gives a synopsis of his speech. Then political bosses Alan Dinehart and Paul Harvey get the bright idea to substitute Powell as their puppet candidate.

Elect a singing governor, nonsense you say. I would hasten to remind you that in that same era, Jimmie Davis was elected governor of Louisiana, Wilbert Lee O'Daniel was elected governor of Texas, and Glen H. Taylor became Senator from Idaho on the strength of their radio entertainment. Not as far fetched as you think. And very shortly Powell's home studio would be signing a mid-west sports announcer to an acting contract who would one day be president of the United States.

Powell gets able support from Ann Dvorak and Patsy Kelly as a singing sister duo, concert violinist David Rubinoff, radio's Fred Allen in the kind of role William Demarest later did for Preston Sturges. But acting honors go to Raymond Walburn. Walburn had playing these bloviating jovial type politicians down to a science, but he was never better than in this film as the tipsy fatuous judge the political bosses nominate as a puppet. He steals every scene he's in and the film should be preserved for him alone as well as one of Dick Powell's best musicals.

The songs Powell sings in this film Thanks a Million, I'm Sitting High On a Hilltop, and I've Got a Pocketful of Sunshine are very good. The last two were the philosophical type numbers that normally one would associate with Bing Crosby. In fact next year Arthur Johnston the composer part of the team would be writing for Crosby, they'd be doing Pennies from Heaven over at Columbia.

You made a million dreams come true and so I'm saying thanks a million to you, Dick Powell.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Snappy Topical Musical WhoDo-YouDo
Discuss Thanks a Million (1935) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?