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Thanks a Million (1935)

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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 »

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

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15 November 1935 (USA)  »

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Mil Vezes Obrigado  »

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

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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 »

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

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Square Deal Party
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Based on "The Stars and Stripes Forever" written by John Philip Sousa
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by The Yacht Club Boys and other musicians
Reprised by Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Patsy Kelly, Fred Allen and motorcycle cops at the end
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Harmless political fantasy set to music
4 September 2001 | by (elgin, illinois) – See all my reviews

If you can accept the premise: that an out-of-work crooner can be nominated for governor of a state on the basis of a single speech, there are some attractive moments in this film. Dick Powell moves beyond his ingenuous Warner Brothers musical style, and seems on his way to becoming the actor he later showed himself to be. Fred Allen replicates his sharp-tongued radio persona, and is able to provide most of the humor, even though he clearly did not have a charismatic screen presence even as real as that of Jack Benny or Eddie Cantor. The satirical treatment of small-state politics is rather heavy-handed, suggesting that there is nothing but self-interest involved. The songs are nothing special, but Powell delivers them in his usual off-hand yet convincing manner. For me, the most interesting and surprising episodes in the film were the two song and dance numbers by Ann Dvorak and Patsy Kelly. Having known Dvorak only as a performer in melodrama, from Scarface to Rebel Without a Cause, I looked closely, to see whether there was a double; but there were enough close-up shots to let one see that her dancing wasn't faked.(Whether the singing was dubbed is another matter). She was always an actress whose work I found compelling, though she never achieved top stardom at Warners; perhaps because Bette Davis was slated for some roles Dvorak might have played. Probably not a "gem", but a film many will enjoy.


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