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The Jackpot (1950)

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Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

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Cast

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William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
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Amy Lawrence
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Harry Summers
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Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
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Leslie
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Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
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Phyllis Lawrence
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Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist ...
Pete Spooner
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Fred Burns
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Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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He had a wife, two kids, a home of his own, a job with a future and then POOR JIMMY WON THE $24,000 RADIO JACKPOT!

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1 November 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der geheimnisvolle Ehemann  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Trivia

Pete Spooner's suggested answer to the radio show's "tortoise and hare" qualifying question is "Middleground and Your Host". This is a reference to two famous racehorses of the day. Your Host was favored to win the 1950 Kentucky Derby but faded badly and lost to Middleground. See more »

Goofs

At one point after Bill wins the jackpot, the radio show host refers to him as "Mr. William Glenville of Lawrence, Indiana" instead of "Mr. William Lawrence of Glenville, Indiana". See more »

Quotes

Lawyer: "They might detatch your salary."
William: "Then I'll quit my job and live on soup."
Lawyer: "They might detach this house."
William: "Then I'll burn down the house!"
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Soundtracks

Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Music by Franz Liszt
Played on the piano at the house
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Game show winner's life is turned upside-down.
14 November 1998 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

One of Jimmy Stewart's most overlooked films. This picture is pure 1950's. Stewart is an overworked family man, (Similar to his role in Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation, but The Jackpot is a much better picture.) who wins a radio game show. Prizes range from the useful to the absurd. Everything is fine until he finds out he's got to pay taxes on all of his loot. Probably as much pure fun as any Jimmy Stewart picture.


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