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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.

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(based on a story by) (as Robert D. Andrews), | 14 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
... Steve Gallagher
... Phineas V. Lambert
... Eddie Jackson
... Private Mulligan
... John Glidden
... Henry Peabody (as Charlie Ruggles)
... Emily La Rue
... Rollo La Rue
... Mrs. Peabody
... Private O'Brien
... 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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22 February 1933 (Sweden)  »

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China Shop  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Production dates for each segment are as follows: "Road Hogs" 9 September 1932-12 September 1932; "Violet" 14 September 1932-15 September 1932; "Death Cell" mid-September 1932; "The Forger" late September 1932; "Grandma" 30 September 1932-5 October 1932; "China Shop" 4 October 1932-10 October 1932; "The Three Marines" 14 October 1932-17 October 1932; and "Prologue" 14 October 1932-25 October 1932. See more »

Goofs

Discovering he's about to die, millionaire Glidden decides to leave his money to names he's randomly selected from the phone book. But when first name he chooses turns out to be John D. Rockefeller, he flips a few pages further into directory and selects someone named Peabody - a name that would actually have appeared in the book before Rockefeller. See more »

Quotes

John Glidden: [in letter] Herewith is a check for One Million Dollars presented to you by the undersigned. There are no conditions or restrictions attached to its use. I can only caution you to use it wisely and to the best of your ability in the promotion of your own happiness and welfare, for which procedure there seems to be no established precedent. Should you encounter any difficulties regarding this check, you may reach me at the above address. I will not, however, assume the responsibility of advising ...
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Followed by The Millionaire (1955) See more »

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When You and I Were Young, Maggie
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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 See 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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