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Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 8 July 1932 (USA)
A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (story), Henry Myers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Migg Tweeny
W.C. Fields ... The President
Andy Clyde ... The Major-Domo
Lyda Roberti ... Mata Machree
Susan Fleming ... Angela
Ben Turpin ... Mysterious Man
Hank Mann ... Customs Inspector
Hugh Herbert ... Secretary of the Treasury
George Barbier ... Mr. Baldwin
Dickie Moore ... Willie - Angela's Brother
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Storyline

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings. Written by Carl Schultz

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It's Insane -- It's Joyous See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Your Mark See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Writer Joseph L. Mankiewicz was inspired to write this film by the wild events of the 1928 Olympic games held in Amsterdam, particularly by an Albanian pole-vaulter who took to the field wearing a pair of goatskin shorts. See more »

Goofs

The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. See more »

Quotes

Migg Tweeny: Gee, terrific. What a marvelous country. Say, I'll bet you if they laid all the athletes end-to-end here, why, they reach...
Angela: Four hundred and eight-four miles.
Migg Tweeny: How do you know?
Angela: We did it once.
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Connections

Referenced in The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Terrific (When I Get Hot)
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Lyda Roberti at her home
Played during the Olympics as motivation and danced by Lyda Roberti
Played also during the end credits
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The return of a comedy gem.
13 October 1998 | by WCFIELDSSee all my reviews

On this date Oct 13, Universal released this film on video. Besides WC Fields there are a host of well-known comedians who contribute to the merriment found in this film. Susan Fleming (the future Mrs Harpo Marx) plays WC Fields' daughter. Also there is Lyda Roberti A very sexy Femme Fatale. This film has many laughs packed into its short 62 minute length. Guaranteed well over a laugh a minute. this film is not to be missed by anyone who is a fan of The Great Man.


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