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The Jackpot (1950)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  1 November 1950 (USA)
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Katt, Barbara Hale's son said in a 2007 interview that she was pregnant with him during the filming of this movie as well as Lorna Doone (1951). 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

Ain't We Got Fun
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
Sung by an off-screen chorus during the opening credits
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A Happy, Zany, All Out Hilarious Jimmy Stewart Movie!
2 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Jackpot may not be as serious and have as deep of a message as "It's A Wonderful Life" and it may not be as suspenseful as "Vertigo", but The Jackpot excels as a fine example of classic comedy that doesn't involve the typical exploits of today's comedies. Jimmy Stewart is Bill Lawrence, a typical man, husband, and father who lives a typical life, in a typical neighborhood, in a typical town. Mr. Lawrence is in a rut. But that all changes when he answers a question right on a radio program, his wonderful "rut" of a life turns upside down as the prizes pour in. What results can only be described as comedic catastrophe! A must see movie for comedy, Jimmy Stewart, and movie lovers of all ages!


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