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Love on a Bet (1936)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  6 March 1936 (USA)
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In order to raise money to produce a play (as well as prove that the plot isn't ridiculous), Michael McCreigh makes a bet with his Uncle Carlton that he can begin in Central Park in his ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ...
Michael MacCreigh
Wendy Barrie ...
Paula Gilbert
Helen Broderick ...
Aunt Charlotte
William Collier Sr. ...
Uncle Carlton MacCreigh
Spencer Charters ...
Plaza Ritz Hotel Owner
Walter Johnson ...
Stephen Dody
Addison Randall ...
Jackson Wallace
Eddie Gribbon ...
Donovan, Stupid Escaped Con
Morgan Wallace ...
Morton, Escaped Con
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Borden ...
(scenes deleted)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
(scenes deleted)


In order to raise money to produce a play (as well as prove that the plot isn't ridiculous), Michael McCreigh makes a bet with his Uncle Carlton that he can begin in Central Park in his underwear and, without paying or borrowing for transportation, get to California in 10 days with a decent suit, $100...and a fiance. If he wins, he gets $15,000 to produce the play; if he loses, he must accept a job in his uncle's packing plant. Written by Arlene K. Witt <>

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Comedy | Romance






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6 March 1936 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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California Here I Come
Written by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Meyer
Played as part of the score when Michael starts hitching to California
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Deserves to be better remembered
20 February 2006 | by (Lafayette, LA) – See all my reviews

Superb comedy starring two underrated comedy performers, Gene Raymond and Wendy Barrie. Helen Broderick, she of many a stalwart supporting comedy roles, especially at her best in the Astaire/Rogers musicals. And here. Like many comedies, it's a road picture. Raymond makes a bet with his rich Uncle that he can cross the country without any money, or clothes for that matter. One of the incidental, but prime, delights of the movie, is that it serves as treasure trove of all sorts of little bits of Americana--traveling highways before interstates and four-lanes, motor courts, homemade preserves, the apparel of the time, etc. The banter among the three principles is of a high order, Raymond's line readings are on par with the best--Gable in It Happened One Night; Powell in a number of thirties comedies like Libeled Lady, The Thin Man, and My Man Godfrey. He especially reminds me of McCrea in Woman Chases Man and The Richest Girl in the World. And Barrie keeps up with him all the way--in later collaborations with Raymond (as in Cross Country Romance) she was a little too strident, but here she's perfect. Raymond would also team with Ann Sothern in some like comedies, some of which are quite good, but this is the best one Raymond made. The plot of Love on a Bet is loose enough for the movie to seem improvised, almost leisurely at times, yet tight enough to create real tension, and to threaten our hope that everything works out. But of course it does.

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