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The Big Shot (1937)

A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster ... See full summary »

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Dr. Bertram 'Doc' / 'Simmzy' Simms
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Elizabeth Simms
Dorothy Moore ...
Peggy Simms
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Chester 'Chet' Scott
Russell Hicks ...
Martin Drake
Frank M. Thomas ...
A.C. Murdock - Newspaper Editor
Dudley Clements ...
Honest John McQuade
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Police Chief
Maxine Jennings ...
Gloria - Soapy's Girl, aka Miss Bernice Ackleton
Barbara Pepper ...
Mamie
Tom Kennedy ...
Bugs
John Kelly ...
Deuces
Eddie Gribbon ...
Soapy - aka Mr. Stratford Enright III
Al Hill ...
Spots
Donald Kirke ...
Johnny Cullen
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A small-town veterinarian inherits $2 million from his uncle, whom he hasn't seen for years. He decides to use some of his new-found wealth to fund a clean-up crusade against the gangster element in town. What he doesn't know is that his uncle was the head of the crime syndicate, and those gangsters want to get their hands on his $2 million. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

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23 July 1937 (USA)  »

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Take the Heir  »

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Yankee Doodle
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Traditional 18th century song
Sung a cappella by Willie Fung using fractured English and modified lyrics
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Guy Kibbee, Nice Guy
17 May 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Having starred in a toned-down version of Sinclair Lewis' Babbit, Guy Kibbee was considered enough of a leading player to star in B movies -- in this case as a small-town dentist who inherits two million dollars from an uncle who, unknown to Guy and family, was a leading racketeer. Instead he and his wife -- played abrasively by Cora Witherspoon as a Mrs. Malaprop -- and daughter abandon their small town life to attempt to make a splash in society.

Although no classic, director Killy -- who spent most of his career directing B westerns -- shows a nice light touch in this outing. At only an hour, it is a pleasant enough example of its type of social comedy to be worth your while.


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