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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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Martha Raye ...
Liza Lou Lane
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Half Pint
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Vicki Clark
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John Pederson
Benny Baker ...
Sailor
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 ...
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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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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17 September 1937 (USA)  »

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Doppelt oder Nichts  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »

Quotes

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 »

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It's the Natural Thing to Do
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Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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A pleasant viewing for any Bing Crosby fan
23 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story is contrived and start-stop-start in places, the night-club sequence has a lot of great touches but is perhaps overlong and the donkey-dressed stuntman was odd and unnecessary. Double or Nothing still makes for pleasant viewing. The sets are lavish, especially the lake set in It's On, It's Off, and the photography and direction are straightforward and efficiently organised. The music score has the right amount of lushness, energy and whimsy, complete with some fitting classical music, and the songs are great though not among the greatest tunes of any Bing Crosby film. The standouts are It's On, It's Off, Smarty and especially the heavenly The Moon Got in My Eyes. The choreography is lively and cleverly done, the water ballet forming It's On, It's Off is the most memorable but Ames and Amos' tango and the slow motion fight are worth looking out for as well. The dialogue crackles with wit and fits the term escapist entertainment just fine. There is a fair bit of nonsense in the goings-on but it is pleasant and part of the fun. Bing Crosby looks very comfortable here and his voice is as handsome as ever, The Moon Got in My Eyes is sung so beautifully by him and suits him like a glove. Mary Carlisle is charming, Andy Devine is amusing and William Frawley likewise. Martha Raye won't be for all tastes, her comedy can be quite farcical and not in the most subtle of ways but she looks as though she's having a whale of a time and despite having more to do she's not as emphatic as she was in Waikiki Wedding(though she was still fun in that too). Overall, good pleasant fun. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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