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Million Dollar Baby (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  31 May 1941 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pamela McAllister
Jeffrey Lynn ...
James Amory
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Peter Rowan
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Cornelia Wheelwright
Lee Patrick ...
Josie La Rue
Helen Westley ...
Mrs. Galloway
George Barbier ...
Marlin
Nan Wynn ...
Flo
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Dr. Patterson
Walter Catlett ...
Mr. Simpson
Fay Helm ...
Mrs. Grayson
Richard Carle ...
George
John Ridgely ...
Ollie Ward
Maris Wrixon ...
Diana Bennet
James Burke ...
Callahan
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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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31 May 1941 (USA)  »

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A Garota dos Milhões  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Strong stars win out over so-so plot
30 April 2015 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Priscilla Lane and May Robson dominate proceedings in this agreeable comedy that borrows themes from the worlds of Frank Capra, Cinderella and Pygmalion, among others.

Jeffrey Lynn is quite appealing as Robson's lawyer, a handsome young fellow assigned to deliver a one million dollar check to department store salesgirl Lane. (It's "conscience money" – Robson has discovered her family fortune is based on a decades-ago swindle that ruined Lane's grandfather.) Naturally Lynn finds himself falling for the very charming Lane, who despite her newly acquired wealth remains stuck on…

Ronald Reagan, a piano player and would-be serious composer whose sour disposition may indicate a stubborn independent streak in the great American tradition—or, may mean he's just kind of a jerk. In any case, Reagan is less than thrilled when suddenly-rich girlfriend Lane urges him to quit his job to write music while she supports him.

Robson plays her trademarked feisty old lady and she is a pleasure to watch, as always. Lynn is fine although the character he plays is unfortunately a bit bland. Reagan has a somewhat challenging role—a potentially fine songwriter who scoffs at popular music and would rather starve than sell out, he doesn't quite succeed in making us see whatever it is that Lane apparently can't resist.

Priscilla Lane herself is certainly the best thing about the picture: She's a Cinderella who sticks to her values and her man regardless of sudden riches and despite Robson's well-intentioned attempts to make her a "lady." Madcap, affectionate, completely charming—when Lane is on the screen (and that's almost every scene), it's really fun to watch.

If the plot doesn't quite work, it is nevertheless a very nice try. The picture does deserve credit for good intentions—and is especially worth watching for any fan of Priscilla Lane.


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