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Dollar Dizzy (1930)

Charley and Thelma are millionaires, each trying to elude suitors who are trying to marry them for their money.

Director:

James W. Horne

Writer:

H.M. Walker (dialogue)
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Charlie gets word that a rich uncle has died, leaving him millions. Attorneys advise him to repair to a resort and avoid gold diggers. Once there, word spreads among the single women, and several try to ensnare him. At first he's gullible, then he cottons on, so when Thelma, a wealthy young woman, mistakes him for a fortune hunter, he dismisses her as well. A manager's error puts Charlie and Thelma in the same suite, and both think the other is prospecting. A dressing gown, radio, bare feet, pistol, keyhole, fountain pen, bedcovers, and a suspicious hotel detective join the mix-up. But wait, was the inheritance a mistake? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1930 (USA) See more »

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Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Like many other Hal Roach shorts of the 1930-1931 season, the introductory titles are spoken by the Crane Sisters See more »

Goofs

The cat is shown lying down on the floor facing away from the telephone, but in the next shot the cat is facing towards the phone. See more »

Quotes

Hotel Manager: What are you doing up here alone?
Thelma Todd: Oh, I'm tired of cities. I'm especially tired of being followed around by a lot of fortune hunters who want to marry me just for my money!
Hotel Manager: I understand.
Thelma Todd: So, I'm here for a nice, quiet rest and I don't want to be annoyed by any men!
Hotel Manager: Don't worry. We'll see to that, all right.
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Alternate-language version of El príncipe del dólar (1930) See more »

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One of Charley's best sound shorts
19 September 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The film begins with a cute scene where Charley is phoned by lawyers and told he's inherited $2,000,000. His reaction as well as his mother's and even the cat's are all pretty priceless! The lawyers advise Charley to leave town in order to avoid fortune-hunters who will read about his inheritance, so Charley heads to a resort and tries to remain incognito. Unfortunately, soon the word is out and Charley becomes an extremely popular guy with the ladies.

When Charley is accidentally put in the same room with an heiress who is also trying to avoid gold-diggers, they both think the other is trying to make advances on the other because of their fortune. So, both go to crazy lengths to avoid the other--leading to a very funny final scene.

While the situations in this short aren't super-hilarious in and of themselves, the film really makes the most of the characters' reactions--and I laughed out loud because of this. The opening and closing scenes worked so wonderfully because the actors (including that cat) pulled it off so well. And, in between, the scenes where the women pretended to be in distress to get his attention are very funny as well. Truly this is one of Charley's best sound comedies.


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