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The Millionaire Kid (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 March 1936 (USA)
The Millionaire Kid is young Tommy Neville whose wealthy parents, Thomas and Gloria Neville are preparing to fight it out in divorce court.Tommy runs away from home. The private detective ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Terry Malone
Breezy Benson
Kitty Malone
Tommy Neville
Thomas Neville
Eddie Phillips ...
Joe Toronto
The Tutor
Arthur Thalasso ...
City Editor


The Millionaire Kid is young Tommy Neville whose wealthy parents, Thomas and Gloria Neville are preparing to fight it out in divorce court.Tommy runs away from home. The private detective assigned to watch him tells Mrs. Neville he has been kidnapped. She immediately suspects her husband. Meanwhile, Tommy is selling newspapers in another city. He is attacked by a bully, and is rescued by gangster Terry Mallon and his daughter Kitty. Unaware of his identity, they take him to their beach home. Reporter Breezy Benson is sent to interview Mrs. Neville about the divorce, and is fired when she won't talk to him. He meets Kitty at the beach and is intrigued by her. He meets her father, who is curious but not suspicious as news of the alleged kidnapping has not been reported. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance






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14 March 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Post-WWII television viewers got their earliest documented looks at it in Los Angeles Tuesday 25 October 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2), and in New York City Tuesday 5 December 1950 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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One of Mr. Ray's best films
9 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

By the humble standards of producer/director Bernard B. Ray, this is a remarkable achievement. In the first place, all the shots match. There's not one bizarre cut in the entire movie. For this film, no doubt conscientious film editor Fred Bain actually sat on the studio set and the real location set-ups (of which there are quite a few) and gave advice on camera coverage. It was also good to see silent star Betty Compson in the lead role (at least on paper). Young Bradley Metcalfe as Tommy Neville hands out a very convincing performance as the rebellious kid in question and receives excellent support from all the adult players except Creighton Hale who brings little in the way of life and nothing in the way of love or sincerity to the role of the boy's dad. Fortunately, his role is small. (And no wonder the kid ran away from home!) The beautiful second femme lead, Lois Wilde, had an up-and-down career, but she comes across most effectively here in what is maybe only her second movie. And while we're talking about actors and acting, it's a nice surprise to see George Chesebro in an uncredited appearance as one of the Terry Malone (Bryant Washburn) henchmen in which he displays a surprising warmth and even charisma. The story, of course, depends largely on unlikely coincidences, but it's put across with enough pace and style to disguise that fact for second feature audiences. Available on an excellent Grapevine DVD.

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