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Beg, Borrow or Steal (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 3 December 1937 (USA)
A con man must pass himself off as the owner of a château on the French Riviera when he is expected to host his estranged daughter's wedding.

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(as William Thiele)

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(short story), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Mrs. Agatha Steward
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Von Giersdorff, aka Count Herman
Erik Rhodes ...
Lefevre
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Izmanov
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Lord Nigel Braemer
Tom Rutherford ...
Horace Miller (as Tom Rutherfurd)
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Mrs. Elizabeth Miller
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Clifton Summitt
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Mr. Virgil Miller
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We find con-man Ingraham Steward living by his wits by steering wealthy Paris visitors to sellers of fake paintings and other assorted dodges. He and his wife, Agatha, have been separated for 15 years, but he promises to give their daughter, Joyce, a lavish wedding at his "château" in France. The fact that he doesn't have a château in France is just a minor trifle. He induces the caretaker, Bill Cherau, of a large country estate to allow it to be used for the wedding. The wedding party arrives and Bill falls madly in love with Joyce and she with him, but a gal has gotta do what a gal has gotta do, and her intended marriage to stuffed-shirt Horace Miller stays on the books. But Steward has a change of heart and he tells one and all that he and his friends, Von Gersdorff, Lefevre, Iznamof, Clifton Summitt and Sasch, are all frauds and crooks. Horace and his family stalk out, which is just fine with Joyce as her true love, the caretaker, is waiting on the grounds. That he turns out to be... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Huijarikerho  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Monday 20 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia Tuesday 10 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its earliest documented telecasts in San Francisco occurred 1 December 1959 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York City 29 November 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Ach Du Lieber Augustine
18th century German folksong
Played by the orchestra when Count Heinrich enters
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Why only one star?

TiVo and TCM have a window that pops up, giving this one star. Why? That's for BAD films. This is quaint and clever. Want to waste your time with a good old-fashioned 30's comedy of errors and other shenanigans? This is that film. Yep, a B-movie that holds its own. The character actors are all good, there are genuine laughs, and a (predictable) plot that holds it all together. Most of us have not seen Frank Morgan in anything other than 'Wizard of Oz'. He plays a similar- enough role here so that you'll feel at home. I have to say I am paying more attention to TCM the older I get, lol. The junk that they spew out at the multiplex just to fill it up is depressing. Let's all support the good old days of 1930's films. Enjoy!


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