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Susan Miller works behind the girdle counter in a department store and dreams about the beautiful clothes and glamour she can never hope to have. Enter May Worthington and Warren, a pair of con artists who pose as the mother and uncle of a pretty girl in order to separate millionaires from their money. They convince Susan she has an opportunity to fulfill all her dreams, and the trio heads for Palm Beach. Susan meets John Wheeler who says he is shopping for a sailboat. Believing that he is a millionaire, Warren and May sell him a boat that doesn't belong to them, and make off with his $15,000 life savings. Looking for greener pastures, they work themselves into the family of wealthy Tod Fenwick, who falls for Sue, posing as "Linda Worthington". But John shows up as a guest of Fenwick and he tells "Linda", not knowing she was part of the scam, that he has a detective after the fake captain that sold him the boat. John admits that he is not a millionaire but only a $65-a-week clerk. He ... Written by
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Charming opening degenerates into silliness; one of Henry Fonda's few poor performances...
Unrefined shopgirl is pegged by a confidence couple to use as a lure for bilking wealthy men--she hesitates for a moment, but is soon in cahoots with the wily twosome, that is until she falls for one of their victims: a bumbling (and broke) mathematician. Gene Tierney has some wonderful scenes at the beginning, bored with her job and ready to take an early powder, but there's nothing exciting about the man she loves (he's more an overripe juvenile), and pretty soon the movie is going around in circles. There's a private detective who works for peanuts and yet has more information than the F.B.I., not to mention an upscale gambling casino that becomes rigged at random. Henry Fonda, talking too loudly and over-enunciating, is stuck with the movie-world's most rotten concoction--a penniless kid with principles who is too proud to accept easy money--and he does nothing interesting with it. Might have been a far better picture if the love story were dropped, focusing primarily on salesgirl Tierney and her love-hate relationship with the con-artists. Film is easily summed up by one line of dialogue: "Eegads! Did you ever see anything so corny?" ** from ****
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