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Millionaire Playboy (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 March 1940 (USA)
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Joe Zany has been bashful around girls since he was a baby, and has violent spells of hiccuping when he is kissed by one. His father, utilities magnate J.B. Zany, calls in the services of ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Penner ...
Joe Zany, aka Mr. Joe Potter
Linda Hayes ...
Lois Marlowe
Russ Brown ...
Mr. Bob Norman
Fritz Feld ...
'G.G.' Gorta
Tom Kennedy ...
Tom Murphy
Granville Bates ...
Arthur Q. Bryan ...
J.B. Zany
Pamela Blake ...
Eleanor (as Adele Pearce)
Diane Hunter ...
Mary Beth Milford ...
Bertha (as Mary Milford)
Mantan Moreland ...
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Joe Zany has been bashful around girls since he was a baby, and has violent spells of hiccuping when he is kissed by one. His father, utilities magnate J.B. Zany, calls in the services of escort bureau manager Bob Norman and offers him a fat fee if he can cure Joe. Learning that Joe isn't scared of old ladies, Bob takes him to a lake resort where there are many girls and tells him they are old ladies who have had face lifts. Neither Bob nor Joe know that J.B. is trying to buy all the property around the lake for an electric power project, and has two agents on the job, Stafford and Murph. Stafford is trying to persuade resort-owner Lois Marlow to sell out but she refuses, though her guests are leaving because there are no men around. She hells them that Joe is a millionaire playboy and the girls decide to stay and work their wiles on him. Stafford and Murph, anxious for the guests to leave so Lois will sell out, decide to try and scare Joe away. Written by Les Adams <>

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"JOE ZANY" IS HIS NAME... SO WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT?... Shadows Scare Him... Squirrels Chase Him... Girls Panic Him!


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15 March 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El primer curso de amor  »

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A mess
11 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Penner does not say "Wanna buy a duck" once! This weak RKO comedy feature would have made an enjoyable 2 reel comedy, but at 64 minutes, it's just too much. Directed by comedy short expert Leslie Goodwins, it has the feel of an Edgar Kennedy or Leon Errol 2 reeler of the early 40s. The problem is after 20 minutes, one is exhausted from all of the slapstick. As opposed to the Leon Errol features of the same period which bore you to tears for 45 minutes setting up the 20 minute slapstick to come, this film takes off right away. Penner is the main character and there is no subplot. It is interesting to see Russ Brown, famous for introducing "Heart" in "Damn Yankees", 15 years earlier. Tom Kennedy, no relation to Edgar, is fine is Penner's nemesis. Fritz Feld is completely wasted. If you have enjoyed the RKO short comedies of Kennedy and Errol, this film is worth a look. Penner only appeared in one feature after this: the funny, but disappointing "Boys from Syracuse".

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