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For Love or Money (1933)

Cash (original title)
A schemer and his daughter have lived the high life, but they are out of cash. A last-ditch plan to lure investors goes awry when the electric company shows up to turn off the lights. But the new employee brings hope and something more.


Zoltan Korda


Anthony Gibbs (dialogue), Anthony Gibbs (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Edmund Gwenn ... Edmund Gilbert
Wendy Barrie ... Lilian Gilbert
Robert Donat ... Paul Martin
Morris Harvey Morris Harvey ... Meyer
Lawrence Grossmith Lawrence Grossmith ... Joseph
Clifford Heatherley Clifford Heatherley ... Hunt
Hugh E. Wright Hugh E. Wright ... Jordan
Anthony Holles Anthony Holles ... Inspector


Edmund Gilbert and daughter Lilian have lived high on the hog through his wild investment schemes. Now they are in debt to the hilt, and hope to lure one of three big financiers to dinner in one last effort for cash. Their plan seems doomed when the electric company shows up to turn off the lights. But, there's a flicker of hope when the chief company man leaves a green trainee behind to do the job so he can go to the next place. Paul Martin brings more than hope when he finds $100,000 in cash in his valise. The police were pursuing a bank robber who must have put it in Martin's valise on the trolley. Now, much madness with money ensues. Written by SimonJack

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Lilian Gilbert: We've got people coming over for dinner.
Paul Martin: Who are they?
Lilian Gilbert: Really? Is it any of your business?
Paul Martin: Suitors?
Lilian Gilbert: No, a couple of daddy's rich friends.
Paul Martin: Oh, a couple of crooks.
Lilian Gilbert: Businessmen.
Paul Martin: Well, what's the difference?
Lilian Gilbert: What's the difference?
Paul Martin: Well, I'll tell you what the difference is. The business crook gets away with it every time. The ordinary crook never does... like that poor devil I saw trying to escape in the tube today.
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Gwenn Hilariously Funny
14 August 2011 | by joe-pearce-1See all my reviews

I've given this a high rating not so much due to the film itself, which is a very entertaining and charming comedy, but because every one of the performances in the film is first rate and at least somewhat attention-stealing. You expect this from the stars, Robert Donat, Wendy Barrie and Edmund Gwenn, but not quite from the supporting players, four of whom - Lawrence Grossmith, Clifford Heatherley, Morris Harvey and Hugh E. Wright - make it impossible not to regret the general lack of knowledge most of us have about the plethora of great English character actors that peopled the stage and screen of Great Britain over the last century. These were all important actors in their day (Heatherley had his own acting company for many years and was of considerable importance in the English theater), and one could enjoy the film over and over just for their contributions. However, as good as they are, and as well as Donat and Barrie play together, this is Edmund Gwenn's film, and at least four or five times he had me laughing out loud at his delightful performance as a destitute businessman trying, with the help of Barrie and Donat, to pull the wool over the eyes of some other businessmen in order to get them to invest in his latest scheme. Gwenn, of course, was one of the most lovable actors in creation, and achieved a real measure of fame in the U.S.A. thanks to his performances in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, MR. 880 and THEM, but even though most of those films were comedies, he was not usually funny, nor was he supposed to be, in them; he specialized in warm and lovable elderly types and played them to perfection (although he played an assassin in FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, where he was anything but warm and lovable!). Before all of this, however, he had been one of G.B. Shaw's favorite actors and had appeared in both the original casts and in revivals of many of the great man's plays. In IF I WERE RICH, however, he has a comedic role that requires an astonishing amount of energy, pointed delivery, slyness and befuddlement, and he acts it to hilarious perfection. If I were to choose only one role to remember Edmund Gwenn by, it would be this one.

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26 July 1934 (USA) See more »

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