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A Million to One (1937)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Romance | 3 March 1937 (USA)
John Kent (Monte Blue') wins the Olympic decathlon but is disqualified on a charge of professionalism. William Stevens (Kenneth Harlan), the second-place finisher, is awarded the title and ... See full summary »

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Lynn Shores

Writer:

John T. Neville (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bruce Bennett ... Johnny Kent (as Herman Brix)
Joan Fontaine ... Joan Stevens
Reed Howes ... Duke Hale
Monte Blue ... John Kent, Sr.
Kenneth Harlan ... William Stevens
Suzanne Kaaren ... Pat Stanley
Joey O'Brien Joey O'Brien ... Johnny Kent, as a young boy
Joy Healy Joy Healy ... Joan Stevens, as a young girl
Ben Hall Ben Hall ... Joe
Edward Peil Sr. ... Mac
Dick Simmons ... Friend
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John Kent (Monte Blue') wins the Olympic decathlon but is disqualified on a charge of professionalism. William Stevens (Kenneth Harlan), the second-place finisher, is awarded the title and trophies. Six years later Kent is running a moving truck for a living and training his young son Johnny (Bruce Bennett) to become an athlete. Chance brings about a meeting between Ken and Stevens, now a prosperous business man, with a little daughter, Joan (Joan Fontaine), who makes friends with young Johnny. As the years pass, the grown-up Johnny has developed to where he stands a chance of becoming an Olympic athlete and is in love with Joan. Mr. Stevens also wants to see Johnny succeed, and is annoyed that his attention to Joan may interfere with his training. Rich girl Patricia Stanley (Suzanne Kaaren) is also interested in Johnny, a proceeding which suits wealthy young athlete Duke Hale (Reed Howes), who is Johnny's main rival in sports and for Joan. Stevens, in an effort to repay the elder ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AN ELECTRIFYING DRAMA OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST SPORTS EVENT!

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Action | Drama | Romance | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Olympic Champ See more »

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Fanchon Royer Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecast in Los Angeles Friday 25 December 1948 on KFI-TV (Channel 9). See more »

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Indie exploitation laced with intriguing surprises
14 December 2001 | by tashmanSee all my reviews

Real life athelete Herman Brix stars as an Olympic hopeful, rigorously trained by his father (silent star Monte Blue). They train at a camp run by former silent star Kenneth Harlan, who has a marvelously modern daughter (very young Joan Fontaine) who can scarcely contain her attraction to the fit Mr. Brix. Enter two carloads of rich young things, and the athelete's life becomes complicated by all the temptations that the fast life has to offer. Aside from exciting track and field event footage, the picture is a series of "getting even" schemes, lead by the unusual combination of future forties girl Suzanne Kaarn and a clotheshorse turn by former Arrow Collar man-silent "B" action star, Reed Howes. The glory of this film is noticing that Mr. Howes, always a star so long as he kept moving, does all of his own stunt work, which in this film includes keeping up with Mr. Brix, a professional athelete some 8 years his junior, not only on the field and in a series of jumps and breathtaking javelin lunges, but also in an extended fight scene during which the panting Miss Fontaine locks herself inside the tennis courts with the battling duo. Mr. Howes, one of the best looking men of the 1920s, still looks terrific, if a bit stiff in his talking sequences, and reminds one at times of the Donna Reed Show's Carl Betz. Monte Blue does his usual good work. Mr. Brix isn't bad, but the camera hasn't settled on that face as of yet, while Fontaine gives more hints of her future worth than could be found in any of her early RKO vehicles.


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