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The Match King (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 31 December 1932 (USA)
Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation ... See full summary »
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Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Paul Kroll
Lili Damita ... Marta Molnar
Glenda Farrell ... Babe
Juliette Compton ... Sonia Lombard
Claire Dodd ... Ilse Wagner
Harold Huber ... Scarlatti
John Wray ... Foreman of Janitors
Spencer Charters ... Oscar
Murray Kinnell ... Nyberg
Hardie Albright ... Erik Borg
Alan Hale ... Borglund
Edmund Breese ... Olaf Christofsen
Robert McWade ... Mr. Larsen
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Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation of everyone and employment of femmes-fatale, he parlays this into a match monopoly, expanding over many countries. Finally he meets a woman so gorgeous she turns his head away from a business that needs constant financial manipulation to survive. Based on the real career of Ivar Kreuger. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Trivia

The character of Marta Molnar is based on Greta Garbo. Warner Bros. tried unsuccessfully to borrow Garbo from MGM for the role. See more »

Goofs

In the meeting between Kroll and Scarlatti, Kroll blows out four of the five candles in a candelabra. The very next scene shows two candles still lit. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kroll: Never worry about anything 'til it happens. Then I'll take care of it.
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Soundtracks

Waltz, Op. 34, No. 2 in A minor
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played when Paul meets Sonia in Warsaw
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Warren William at his best
9 October 1999 | by sws-3See all my reviews

Though the script could have used a rewrite, mainly to upgrade the dialogue, Warren William's presence makes the film worth watching. He plays a lying, evil, conniving, and utterly ruthless human dynamo who works his way up from janitor to international power broker.In other words, a typical Depression-era anti-hero. Especially enjoyable is the penultimate flashback sequence, in which William remembers every rotten thing he's ever done. In a word, fun.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

31 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fyrstikk-kongen See more »

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Budget:

$165,000 (estimated)
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