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Million Dollar Baby (1941)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  31 May 1941 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pamela 'Pam' McAllister
Jeffrey Lynn ...
James 'Jim' / 'Jimmy' Amory
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Peter 'Pete' Rowan
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Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White
Lee Patrick ...
Josie 'Lou' La Rue
Helen Westley ...
Mrs. Galloway, Landlady
George Barbier ...
Mr. Marlin, Attorney
Nan Wynn ...
Flo Turner, Band Singer
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Dr. Patterson, Chemist
Walter Catlett ...
Mr. Simpson, Lacey's Dept. Store Floorwalker
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Grayson, Alvie's Mom
Richard Carle ...
George, Wheelwright's Butler
John Ridgely ...
Ollie Ward, Bandleader
Maris Wrixon ...
Diana Bennet
James Burke ...
Callahan, Store Detective
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Pamela is just your average working class girl trying to make ends meet and maintain a positive outlook on life... See full synopsis »

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

31 May 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos Milhões  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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May Robson (about 82 in this film) was in fact over a decade older than Richard Carle (about 69), who plays George, the butler who grew up with Cornelia Wheelwright's (Robson's) father. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: You know something, Mr Amory? I just discovered America. Imagine that, at my age.
James 'Jim': You discovered what?
Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: America! What it's all about. Where else could it happen that a couple of youngsters like that would refuse to take money simply because they hadn't earned it? Where they don't want to live on Easy Street unless they build their own home? Ah, there they go, bless their hearts. You know, it's youngsters like that that make you have faith in the future.
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Soundtracks

Who Is in Your Dreams Tonight
(1941) (uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Played by the orchestra at the Midwest Dance Hall
Sung by Nan Wynn
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Apple Annie Gives Away A Million
19 March 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Don't tune this one in if you're expecting the Clint Eastwood classic, someone may try and slip this one by you. Not that this Million Dollar Baby is entirely bad. It's the kind of silliness that an incredibly skilled group of familiar players make palatable so that you can accept the nonsense on some level.

May Robson does her Applie Annie role in reverse, she's the dowager spinster heiress of an old robber baron whom she discovers got his fortune by bilking a partner back in the day who committed suicide. Seeking to right some wrongs Robson discovers the granddaughter and heir of the deceased partner is Priscilla Lane, proud working person where you find Million Dollar Babies, in a five and ten cent store.

Her lawyer, young Jeffrey Lynn is the agent for Robson's largess, quite a dapper fellow himself. Priscilla's got a boyfriend though, struggling composer Ronald Reagan. Given what Reagan's politics were when he became President of the United States it's a bit much to her him railing against the rich, but who would have figured in 1941.

Some of the best character players around fill out the rest of the cast of Million Dollar Baby and they make the incredible story entertaining in its own way. Helen Westley as Lane's landlady, John Qualen as an eccentric scientist, George Barbier as Robson's former attorney, Lee Patrick as a burlesque queen. There isn't a name I've mentioned in that group that doesn't summon up an image and type that old film viewers know exactly what to expect.

That cast gives Million Dollar Baby the vitality it has. As for Priscilla and her new found millions, will she choose lawyer Lynn or composer Reagan. I won't say, but I will tell you that I think she chose wrong.


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