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Double or Nothing (1937)

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According to the will of an eccentric millionaire, one of four randomly chosen strangers will become his heir if he/she can double $5000 by honest means.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Lefty' Boylan
Martha Raye ...
Liza Lou Lane
Half Pint
Vicki Clark
John Pederson
Benny Baker ...
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Jonathan Clark
William Henry ...
Egbert Clark
Fay Holden ...
Martha Sewell Clark
Bert Hanlon ...
Nick Praxitales
Gilbert Emery ...
Mr. Mitchell
Walter Kingsford ...
Mr. Dobson
John Gallaudet ...
Johnny Rutherford
Harry Barris ...
Sing Orchestra Leader
Alphonse Bergé ...


A dying millionaire instructs his lawyer to drop four purses on the streets of New York City. Four honest people find them and return them to the lawyer. Under the terms of the will, each of them is given $1,000,000, which they must double within 30 days in order to claim his entire estate. However, the greedy relatives cut from the will are determined to thwart each one's plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Double or Nothing  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Jonathan Clark: Will you have a cocktail?
Liza Lou Lane: No. No alcohol, kid. I get a feelin'z good.
Vicki Clark: What's the matter with feeling good?
Liza Lou Lane: Oh, you don't know how good I can feel.
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Edited into Chop Suey (2001) See more »


O Solo Mio
Music by 'Eduardo di Capua'
Lyrics in Neapolitan by Giovanni Capurro (1898)
Sung by Alphonse Bergé
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Variety is the spice of life
21 January 2007 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

"Double or Nothing" is a pleasant Depression-era story of black-hearted millionaires and honest poor folk. A rich man's Last Will and Testament offers our heroes the chance to claim his entire fortune. Naturally this not sit well with the greedy relations. Samuel S. Hinds gets to explore his seamier side (as he will later, to all our joy, in "Destry Rides Again") and he's dandy as a schemer. Mary Carlisle is a lovely leading lady as the daughter of this paragon who falls for our jovial baritone, Bing Crosby. Martha Raye, Andy Devine, Bill Frawley and Fay Holden are also along for the ride.

A lot of entertainment is crammed into this little picture in the form of songs from Bing, Martha, the amazing Sing Band, some swell scatting, amazing slapstick and the unsurpassed drunkenness of Arthur Housman.

A satisfying Crosby movie for fans.

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