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Thanks a Million (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 November 1935 (USA)
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
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Ned Lyman
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Phoebe Mason
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Paul Whiteman (as Paul Whiteman and Band)
Ramona ...
Singer Pianist with Whiteman
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Judge Culliman
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(as Rubinoff)
The Yacht Club Boys ...
(as Yacht Club Boys)
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Tammany
Andrew Tombes ...
Mr. Grass
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Mr. Kruger
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Maxwell
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Mr. Casey
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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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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 »

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Referenced in Dreamscape (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Superb musical/satire - funny, melodic and fast-paced.

This is a gem of a film that deserves more recognition. It's both a musical (five songs) and a witty, snappy political satire. Sort of a combo of a Frank Capra approach and a Busby Berkeley syncopation. Dick Powell and Ann Dvorak are part of a stranded band who make some dough performing to bolster a governor want-to-be in his campaigning. Powell is so disingenuous that the crowds want him as governor, rather than the besotted candidate. So, on the wings of song, he campaigns. The screenplay is a winner with sharp and funny comments on political corruption and the easily swayed voting population. The sound is exceptionally good (It earned an Oscar nom) as is the Original Score. Fred Allen is marvelous as the con man band leader and Raymond Walburn is hilarious as the inebriated Judge Culliman. Patsy Kelly offers her usual wise-cracking support. The whole thing is a brilliant piece of movie making and very worth seeking out.


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