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Remedy for Riches (1940)

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A college friend of the local soda-jerk comes to town and lets it be known that he's looking for property on which to build a resort. When he buys some land and suddenly "discovers" there's... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Lovett ...
Edgar Kennedy ...
Maude Eburne ...
Walter Catlett ...
Robert Baldwin ...
Warren Hull ...
Tom Stewart
Jed Prouty ...
D.B. Emerson Vanderveer
Margaret McWade ...
Gertrude Purdy
Hallene Hill ...
Abby Purdy (as Halline Hill)
Renie Riano ...
Mrs. Gattle
Barry Macollum ...
Harvey Manning
Lester Sharpe ...
Eddie (as Lester Scharff)
Prudence Penny ...
Prudence Penny


A college friend of the local soda-jerk comes to town and lets it be known that he's looking for property on which to build a resort. When he buys some land and suddenly "discovers" there's oil underneath it--and generously offers to sell the townspeople shares in his newly found oil reserves--Dr. Christian suspects a swindle and sets out to prove it. Written by

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Remédio para a Riqueza  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Followed by Dr. Christian Meets the Women (1940) See more »

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Wisdom, but no medicine
24 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Not any medicine is practiced by Jean Hersholt in Remedy For Riches. But Dr. Christian once again proves to be the salvation of the town of River's End when he questions a new found oil discovery on some worthless land belonging to Edgar Kennedy the grocer.

Warren Hull comes to town ostensibly looking to buy land to build a resort hotel, but he discovers 'oil' conveniently salted into the land by Hull and his partner Jed Prouty. He's an old friend of druggist Robert Baldwin from college and he uses his friendship with Baldwin to gain acceptance in River's End.

Not that Baldwin is suspicious at first, but when Hull starts cutting in on his time with Dorothy Lovett who is Jean Hersholt's nurse that sets Baldwin on edge.

Walter Catlett playing a sharp talking but not terribly bright policeman adds a lot to the comedy here. Catlett together with Edgar Kennedy brings more comedy than was present in the previous Dr. Christian films.

Some secondary comedy bits involve Jean Hersholt and Walter Catlett trying to bake a replacement cake after Catlett eats a big chunk of one that Maude Eburne who is Dr. Christian's housekeeper bakes. And there's a strutting rooster slated for dinner who becomes a pet of the two spinster Purdy sisters, Hallene Hall and Margaret McWade.

All in all a really nice and gentle film with the ever wise Dr. Christian showing himself to be like George Bailey, the indispensable man of his town of River's End.

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