Socially-conscious banker Thomas Dickson faces a crisis when his protégé is wrongly accused for robbing the bank, gossip of the robbery starts a bank run, and evidence suggests Dickson's wife had an affair...all in the same day.
A simple, small town man inherits a massive fortune, making him the target for scammers and publicity-seekers. Overwhelmed by the turn his life has taken, and awoken to another use for his new-found fortune, he makes a momentous decision.
Widower Tony is trying to keep a small Miami hotel afloat while raising a 12-year-old son. He's forced to ask his harried brother Mario for help, but he'll only bail Tony out if he quits his bohemian lifestyle and marries a sensible woman.
Edward G. Robinson,
Tycoon J.L. Higgins controls his whole family, but one of his sons- in-law, Dan Brooks and his daughter Alice are fed up with that. Brooks quits his job as manager of J.L.'s paper box factory and devotes his life to his racing horse Broadway Bill, but his bank- roll is thin and the luck is against him, he is arrested because of $150 he owes somebody for horse food, but suddenly a planed fraud by somebody else seems to offer him a chance...Written by
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Box Company CEO Dan Brooks (Warner Baxter) has always been a horse trainer at heart and he begins to chafe under the dictatorial rule of a father in law captain of industry JL Higgins (Walter Connoly) who all but owns the town named after his family. Brooks latest equestrian project "Broadway Bill" entails neglecting the company and when JL puts his foot down, Brooks bolts with youngest daughter (Myrna Loy) in pursuit.
In a film that aches for staliion Gable we are given nag Baxter, looking haggard and worn. Warner is just not up to the energy and enthusiasm and minus the youth the role calls for, his scenes with the spry and vivacious Loy more paternal than romantic. When trying to wrangle or con others we get an abrasive condescending curmudgeon instead of a confident immature smart Alec who thinks he can enter his first race against the finest horse in the land and win.
DP Joe Walker contributes his usual array of outstanding soft focus compositions and close-ups, featuring many of director Frank Capra's stock supporting company at their best. The editing is up to screwball pace and features an outstandingly cut race scene but Warren's old gray mare performance along with an insipid "Capra Corn" ending leaves Broadway Bill out of the money back in the pack.
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