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I'll Give a Million (1938)

After saving a tramp from suicide, a millionaire takes his clothing and disappears. Word is out that he will give a million dollars to anyone who is kind of a tramp.


Walter Lang


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... Tony Newlander
Marjorie Weaver ... Jean Hofmann
Peter Lorre ... Louie 'The Dope' Monteau
Jean Hersholt ... Victor
John Carradine ... Kopelpeck
J. Edward Bromberg ... Editor
Lynn Bari ... Cecelia
Fritz Feld ... Max Primerose
Sig Ruman ... Anatole Primerose
Christian Rub ... Commissionaire
Paul Harvey ... Corcoran
Charles Halton ... Mayor
Frank Reicher ... Prefect of Police
Frank Dawson Frank Dawson ... Albert
Harry Hayden ... Gilman


Wealthy Tony Newlander becomes disgusted with the fortune seekers around him. After saving a tramp from drowning, he takes his clothes and goes off to discover life among the real people. Only, a humorous twist of fate leads him to discover that most people have a bit of greed and lust for wealth in their hearts. But one who doesn't is a pleasant surprise. Written by SimonJack

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Release Date:

22 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alitis ekatommyriouhos See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"I'll Give a Million" was based on a 1936 film of the same name with Vittorio De Sica, whom Fox unsuccessfully tried to recruit for this remake. See more »


Remake of I'll Give a Million (1935) See more »

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Very charming comedy full of great character actors
29 December 2006 | by dcole-2See all my reviews

This is another turn on the 'rich guy goes hobo' routine, but it's grand fun. Millionaire Warner Baxter tires of all the hangers-on; when he saves tramp Peter Lorre from drowning, he switches clothes and tries out life with no dough. But Lorre tells the press that there's a millionaire dressed as a tramp who's going to give someone a million francs just for being nice to him. So the whole French town takes in all the tramps and gives them everything. Meanwhile, Baxter falls in -- and falls in love with -- Marjorie Weaver at the local circus. Lorre gives one of his best performances; and when he teams up with fellow tramp John Carradine towards the end, it's a match made in heaven. I'd watch a whole movie starring those two guys in those two roles! Baxter is just fine -- if a tad long in the tooth -- in the lead. Weaver is a fresh face; and the cast is full of wonderful faces and wonderful actors. Check this rarity out if it comes your way.

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