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If I Had a Million (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 22 February 1933 (Sweden)
A dying tycoon gives million-dollar windfalls to eight people picked from the city directory.

Directors:

James Cruze (uncredited), H. Bruce Humberstone (uncredited) | 6 more credits »

Writers:

Robert Hardy Andrews (based on a story by) (as Robert D. Andrews), Claude Binyon | 14 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... Steve Gallagher
Charles Laughton ... Phineas V. Lambert
George Raft ... Eddie Jackson
Jack Oakie ... Private Mulligan
Richard Bennett ... John Glidden
Charles Ruggles ... Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)
Alison Skipworth ... Emily La Rue
W.C. Fields ... Rollo La Rue
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Peabody
Roscoe Karns ... Private O'Brien
May Robson ... Mrs. Mary Walker
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Storyline

Tycoon John Glidden, dying though still vigorous, is so dissatisfied with his relatives and associates that, rather than will his money to any of them, he decides to give it away in million-dollar amounts to strangers picked from the city directory. He picks a meek china salesman; a prostitute; a forger; two ex-vaudevilleans who hate road hogs; a condemned man; a mild-mannered clerk; a boisterous marine; and an oppressed inmate of an old ladies' home. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Drama

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1933 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Forger See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (USA) (DVD release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

$1,000,000 in 1932 had the same purchasing power as $15,700,000 in 2009. See more »

Goofs

The La Rues purchase 9 vehicles from the used car lot and drive out in one car followed by 8 other vehicles. At the end of the day when they are down to one car, they only pay off 6 drivers. See more »

Quotes

Rollo La Rue: Road hogs. A constant menace to society. They should be wiped out, Emily. Do you hear, wiped out!
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Alternate Versions

Some local censors deleted objectionable scenes in the "Violet" and "Death Cell" segments. In "Violet," when she throws off the covers and removes her stockings, and in "Death Cell," the preparation for execution and the opening of the door to the execution chamber. See more »

Connections

Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

When You and I Were Young, Maggie
(1866) (uncredited)
Music by J.A. Butterfield
Played as dance music at the Idylwood home
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A great batch of short stories
7 October 2006 | by ROCKY-19See all my reviews

Thank heavens for fans of W.C. Fields, because it is they who have kept this diamond in the public forum after all these years. The film certainly does not belong to Fields, as his Road Hog routine is just one of eight stories of varying lengths. But fortunately, his fans discovered this film so the rest of us can truly enjoy everything else it has to offer, as well. A collection of writers presented eight stories of people who get an unexpected windfall from a steel tycoon. Some are funny, some are touching, some are brilliant in their brevity, some just make you think. Just desserts is the main theme. The Eddie Jackson (George Raft) segment is twistedly ironic enough to be a "Twilight Zone" episode. And EVERYBODY wants to be Phineas Lambert (Charles Laughton). Great writing, great cast - a good time.


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