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Thanks a Million (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  15 November 1935 (USA)
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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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Sally Mason
Fred Allen ...
Ned Lyman
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Phoebe Mason
Paul Whiteman ...
Paul Whiteman (as Paul Whiteman and Band)
Ramona ...
Singer Pianist with Whiteman
Raymond Walburn ...
Judge Culliman
David Rubinoff ...
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The Yacht Club Boys ...
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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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When Ned (Fred Allen) says to Eric (Dick Powell), "Up in Washington, they elected a jazz band leader Lieutenant Governor, and if people will vote for a jazz band leader, they'll vote for anybody," Lieutenant Governor Victor Meyers of Washington State (an ex-band leader) sued Twentieth Century-Fox for $250,000. He claimed it reflected on his qualifications and deprived him of the "confidence, respect and good will of the people." No information has been found on the result of the suit. 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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Thanks a Million
(1935)
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played by The Yacht Club Boys and other musicians, with David Rubinoff (uncredited) on violin,
and sung by Dick Powell (uncredited) and Ann Dvorak (uncredited)
Danced later by Ann Dvorak (uncredited) and Patsy Kelly (uncredited)
Reprised by Powell and Rubinoff near the end
Music played often in the score
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Highly entertaining
29 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell sings "Thanks a Million" in this 1935 film also starring Fred Allen, Ann Dvorak, Patsy Kelly and Paul Whiteman and his band. A group of stranded entertainers find work performing during political rallies. When the candidate shows up drunk, Powell pinch-hits for him, and the party machine decides to make him their candidate for governor.

This ridiculous premise gets wonderful, satiric treatment from director Roy del Ruth, and the songs are wonderful. Powell sings what became a hit for him, "Thanks a Million," as well as "Sittin' on a Hilltop" and "A Pocket Full of Sunshine." Ann Dvorak and Patsy Kelly dance and sing to "Sugar Plum." They're all absolutely delightful. Powell's acting is charismatic, his voice charming, and who would have ever guessed that under all that juvenile sweetness there was a tough actor and an excellent producer waiting to emerge.

The film pokes great fun at local government, and Fred Allen and Patsy Kelly keep the jokes going. A look back and more innocent times at a film that hopefully lifted some people out of doldrums when they saw it.


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