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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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Plain and simple a bad comedy.
2 August 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Seemed to me that Tim Conway isn't a bad comedian at all but the script he had to work with provided him very little interesting or funny to do. Ironic, since he was one of the scriptwriters himself.

The concept of the movie was good enough to still provide the movie with some great comical moments and characters but yet they decided to choose a very uninteresting approach with a very uninteresting story-line about a couple of dog-nappers. It just doesn't work out, especially not comically.

The comical sequences also go on for far too long. They get stretched out so much that they simply seize to be funny very quick. The movie does still has one or two really funny moments but this is of course all not quite enough to save the movie.

The directing is very lifeless and the editing makes the movie seem all the worse. It makes the comedy feel even more awkward and takes the pace and flow out of a lot of sequences. No wonder editor Avrum M. Fine only made 5 (very bad) movies in his career.

Really not worth watching.

4/10

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