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The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)

 -  Comedy | Family  -  November 1977 (USA)
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Vernon Praiseworthy is a clumsy but lovable dope who stands to inherit his uncle's fortune. The condition is that he travel the rails as a penniless hobo just as his uncle did in the dark ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vernon Praiseworthy
Al Stellone ...
Jerry Toomey ...
Boy #1
Kevin Brando ...
Mickey Morton ...
Roger Barkley ...
Al Lohman ...
Guard#1 (as Al Loehman)
Choo-Choo Trayne
Kaye Elhardt ...
Miss Evans
Sharon Clark ...
Jen (as Sharon Weber)
Sheela Tessler ...


Vernon Praiseworthy is a clumsy but lovable dope who stands to inherit his uncle's fortune. The condition is that he travel the rails as a penniless hobo just as his uncle did in the dark days of the depression. That seems simple enough until he gets involved in a dog-napping plot. Written by Jerry Roberts

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train | independent film


Clear the tracks! It's a 100 laffs-a-minute runaway as Tim goes tramping with a locomotive and a canine keeper!


Comedy | Family






Release Date:

November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der millionenschwere Landstreicher  »

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1.85 : 1
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After Vernon runs the train set and he is talking to the dog. A shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall. See more »


Half Sung Song
Music by Michael Leonard
Lyrics by Herb Martin
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Scrimshaw Records
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20 August 2000 | by (Toronto,Ontario) – See all my reviews

Tim Conway is one of my favorite comics and this seemed like an ideal vehicle for him: playing a goof-up who finds out he is heir to a fortune but must prove his resourcefulness by becoming a hobo for a short time. It's too bad that they couldn't have focused on that as the main plot. The makers chose to throw in a gang of crooks who kidnap a valuable dog and then have Conway and the dog that's been sent along with him to keep him out of trouble, unknowingly join up with the crooks. The film generates few laughs and no one seems to be having much fun. The children's book which came out based on this film was way more enjoyable. If you like Conway, you might get through this but his TV show appearances are a lot funnier.

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