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The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)

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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(as Stuart McGowan)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Vernon Praiseworthy
Al Stellone ...
Cookie
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Waitress
Jerry Toomey ...
Boy #1
Kevin Brando ...
Mike
Mickey Morton ...
Kotch
Roger Barkley ...
Guard#2
Al Lohman ...
Guard#1 (as Al Loehman)
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Choo-Choo Trayne
Kaye Elhardt ...
Miss Evans
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Steve
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Ernie
Sharon Clark ...
Jen (as Sharon Weber)
Sheela Tessler ...
Rita
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Henderson
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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 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 | See All (2) »

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

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Comedy | Family

Certificate:

G

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November 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der millionenschwere Landstreicher  »

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1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Half Sung Song
Music by Michael Leonard
Lyrics by Herb Martin
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Scrimshaw Records
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wasted talent
3 March 2003 | by (LA, CA) – See all my reviews

First let me say, I think Tim Conway is one of the funniest people on the planet. His work on The Carol Burnett Show and his recent work in Vegas with Harvey Korman result in genuine side-splitting, tear inducing, belly laugh's. That talent, however, is wasted in this effort. There is a fine line between a lovable goof and an annoying idiot, unfortunately, this movie crosses the line towards the latter in the most extreme manner.

The character that Tim Conway portrays begs the question, "How are you still alive?!" This is truly one of the worst, idiotic and annoying characters I have seen in a movie perhaps ever! If you are a fan of Tim Conway's work, then please see him live with Harvey Korman or check out classic Carol Burnett skits, but do not see this movie -- it is almost bad enough to make one turn on him...


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