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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Cast

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 ...
Dancer
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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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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This was the first feature film of The Yacht Club Boys, Fred Allen and Margaret Irving. 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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Referenced in Dreamscape (1984) 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
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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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