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50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Herbert Fields (based on the play by), E. Ray Goetz (based on the play by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ole Olsen ... Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
Chic Johnson ... Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
William Gaxton ... Jack Forbes
Helen Broderick ... Violet
John Halliday ... Michael Cummins
Claudia Dell ... Lu Lu Carroll
Lester Crawford Lester Crawford ... Billy Baxter
Evalyn Knapp ... Miss Wheeler-Smith
Charles Judels ... Pernasse - Hotel Manager
Carmelita Geraghty ... Marcelle Dubrey
Vera Gordon ... Jewish Tourist's Wife
Nat Carr Nat Carr ... Jewish Tourist
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Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ditches her when he spots the woman of his dreams. When Jack tells his equally wealthy friend Michael Cummins that he will marry that mystery woman, Michael, upon learning that that woman is Lu Lu Carroll who he too has been trying to court, bets Jack $50,000 that he can't give up all his money and get engaged to her within two weeks. Jack accepts the bet as Mike strips him of his money. Jack has to try and meet and woo her all without doing anything with her that requires money, all the while trying to hide the fact that he has no money as he tries to earn some using whatever limited job skills he has at hand. Meanwhile, Mike hires a couple of American detectives, Simon Johanssen and Peter Swanson, to tail Jack to ensure that he keeps to the rules of the bet, but also to thwart Jack's attempts with ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

14 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy from Naples See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Black and White (TV prints)| Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Although released in 2-strip Technicolor, the film only survives in black and white. Contemporary reviews in both the New York Times and Harrison's Reports commented on the poor quality of the color which was "so bad it blurs the vision and hurts the eyes". See more »

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Version of Paree, Paree (1934) See more »

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Why Shouldn't I Have You?
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
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Sometimes funny, sometimes painful
16 April 2005 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Hardcore fans of Olsen and Johnson and/or Bela Lugosi will need no persuading, but others may find Fifty Million Frenchmen a pretty heavy slog. It's one of those early talkies where the actors hadn't quite figured out how to adjust their body language or their vocal intonations to suit the new medium, and it's at times awkwardly paced and badly shot. Nonetheless there are some inspired moments of Olson and Johnson lunacy, especially when the boys disguise themselves as the assistants of a stage magician and end up on stage performing a deadly sword trick. The romantic subplots are unnecessary and uninteresting and Johnson's maniacal laughter soon gets irksome.


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