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The Richest Girl in the World (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 September 1934 (USA)
An heiress switches places with her secretary in order to find a man who will love her for who she is and not for her money.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

Norman Krasna (story and screenplay)
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Airs Wed. Aug. 21, 10:00 AM on TCM

Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Dorothy Hunter
Joel McCrea ... Tony Travers
Fay Wray ... Sylvia Lockwood
Henry Stephenson ... John Connors
Reginald Denny ... Phillip Lockwood
Beryl Mercer ... Marie
George Meeker ... Donald
Wade Boteler ... Jim Franey
Herbert Bunston ... Cavendish
Burr McIntosh ... David Preston
Edgar Norton ... Binkley - The Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Coleman ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money, so she pretends to be her secretary Sylvia while Sylvia pretends to be Dorothy. The real Dorothy, attracted to handsome young Tony Travers, pushes him to fall in love with the fake Dorothy, believing that if he does, it proves he is only after her money. But Dorothy's scheme is too complicated and begins to backfire, leaving everyone, especially Dorothy, confused about who loves whom. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Taglines:

$30,000 A DAY TO SPEND...and nothing to live for! (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 6 December 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Mais Rica do Mundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecasts took place in New York City Sunday 23 September 1956 on WOR (Channel 9) and in Los Angeles Sunday 18 November 1956 on KHJ (Channel 9). See more »

Quotes

Dorothy: I'm drinking, Tony, to you marrying the richest girl in the world.
Tony: Ha-ha-ha. You're drunk, baby.
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Connections

Remade as Verdens rigeste pige (1958) See more »

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Worth Watching for the Cast
4 September 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Richest Girl in the World, The (1934)

** (out of 4)

Miriam Hopkins plays Dorothy Hunter, the richest girl in the world who also happens to be a recluse. Mrs. Hunter always sends her secretary (Fay Wray) out to pretend to be here. One day at a party Hunter, pretending to be the secretary, meets a man (Joel McCrea) who claims that he could fall in love with a rich woman even if she didn't have money. This RKO comedy was certainly inspired by Barbara Hutton, who at the time really was the richest girl in the world. The built up love story was probably the creation of someone in the RKO front office but the end results are fairly disappointing considering the cast involved. The story itself is the biggest problem as is goes from A to B to C without anything new being done and by the time the film is over you can't help but feel as if you've witness nothing but one cliché after another. The highlight of the film would be a scene where McCrea and Wray are out in a canoe when a jealous Hopkins comes up in a large part to tip them over. This sequence was a very funny one but there aren't too many laughs after it. McCrea and Hopkins made enough films together to be charming and they do that here. The two of them bring their characters to life even though the screenplay doesn't offer them much. Wray is also pretty good in her role but again, the screenplay doesn't give you anything. In the end this is a completely forgettable movie that most people will overlook so unless you're a fan of the stars then it's best to just keep this one in the vault.


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