6.0/10
261
7 user 1 critic

Brother Can You Spare a Dime (1975)

A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil
Swastika (1974)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Nazification of Germany from 1933 to 1945 told through a compilation of Nazi footage, newsreels, propaganda films and Eva Braun's home movies.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Eva Braun, Galeazzo Ciano, Albert Einstein
Musical | Fantasy | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In WWII, Captain Invincible used his superpowers against the Nazis, and he was a hero. But when they accused him of supporting the communists, he retired to Australia. Now, after a US super... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Alan Arkin, Christopher Lee, Kate Fitzpatrick
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson
Howling III (1987)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  

A strange race of human-like marsupials appear suddenly in Australia, and a sociologist who studies these creatures falls in love with a female one. Is this a dangerous combination?

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Barry Otto, William Yang, Imogen Annesley
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In the beginning of the movie you see a woman getting raped by a man-creature of some sort. The movie takes place years later when the child that was a result of that rape is on the rampage... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Ronny Cox, Bibi Besch, Paul Clemens
Communion (1989)
Biography | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Whitley Strieber goes with his family and some friends to his holiday home in the forest. They experience some weird occurances, are they UFO activity? Whitley is abducted and then faces a ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

A young man whose sister was murdered by werewolves helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and Europe.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown
A Breed Apart (1984)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A conservationist and a widow meet a mountain climber hired to steal bald-eagle eggs.

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Powers Boothe, Kathleen Turner
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A down-on-his-luck film director sets fire to his home so he can collect the insurance money and fund his new movie. But crime apparently does pay, because once the rumor mill gets wind of ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Mora
Stars: John Savage, James Wilder, Joanne Baron
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Laverne Andrews ...
Laverne Andrews (archive footage)
Maxene Andrews ...
Maxene Andrews (archive footage)
Patty Andrews ...
Patty (archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage) (as Mr. Benny)
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Willie Best ...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
...
(archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

A nostalgic look back at the Great Depression with contemporary archival footage and film clips picturing James Cagney as an American Everyman.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Lean, Mean 30s, When America Laughed...To Keep From Crying! See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 November 1975 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Blott för gammal vänskaps skull  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Shown at San Sebastian Film Festival 2007 and Barcelona 2012. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beavis and Butt-Head: Beavis, Can You Spare a Dime? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Red River Valley
(uncredited)
Traditional
In the score of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An amazing embodiment of American in the 1930s
1 June 2003 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this feature doco during its original run in 1977, I think, and for the second time recently in a retrospective of Philippe Mora's work 25 years later. It is an amazing piece of work, with the material itself providing the narrative ... actual speeches, songs and sound on the film ... there is no narration or voice over. The years from Depression up to WW2 come to life with this artful assembly of scenes from musicals, songs, newsreels and speeches. Considering it was produced by an Englishman and directed by an Australian, it has a remarkable sensitivity for its subject. Highly recommended for lovers of documentary or history.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?