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The Golden Fleecing (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime | 16 August 1940 (USA)
A $50,000 life-insurance sale puts mild-mannered Henry Twinkle on the fast track at Ajax Insurance Company. Now he can marry his girl and climb the corporate ladder -- just as long as the ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Fenton

Writers:

S.J. Perelman (screen play), Laura Perelman (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Henry Twinkle
Rita Johnson ... Mary Blake
Lloyd Nolan ... Gus Fender
Virginia Grey ... Lila Hanley
Leon Errol ... Uncle Waldo Blake
Nat Pendleton ... 'Fatso' Werner
George Lessey ... Buckley Sloan
Richard Carle ... Pattington
Ralph Byrd ... Larry Kelly
Marc Lawrence ... 'Happy' Dugan
Thurston Hall ... Charles Engel
James Burke ... Sibley - Motorcycle Cop
Spencer Charters ... Reuben - Justice of Peace
William Demarest ... Swallow
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Storyline

A $50,000 life-insurance sale puts mild-mannered Henry Twinkle on the fast track at Ajax Insurance Company. Now he can marry his girl and climb the corporate ladder -- just as long as the insured party, Gus Fender, enjoys a long life. Unfortunately, it turns out Gus is a racketeer with an army of gat-carrying rivals. So Henry gets an order from his apoplectic boss: keep Gus alive! Lew Ayres, the popular star of the Dr. Kildare films, hones his comedy skills as hapless Henry, plunged into a world of gangsters and molls. Lloyd Nolan, who enjoyed a 50-year career in film and television, portrays Gus with appropriate menace. Olympic wrestler-turned-actor Nat Pendleton (The Thin Man) stands out as one of Gus's dimwitted henchmen. And among the screenwriters is renowned American humorist S.J. Perelman (Monkey Business, Horse Feathers). "Sprightly little screwball yarn" (Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide). Written by Anonymous

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NOT SUITABLE FOR GENERAL EXHIBITION (1940 Australian poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor Entre Arrufos See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's television premiere took place in Los Angeles Wednesday 12 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 11 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Miami 23 July 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), in Omaha 21 August 1957 on WOW (Channel 6), in Tucson 24 August 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), in Altoona PA 4 September 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Honolulu 18 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Philadelphia 22 October 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Fresno CA 25 November 1957 on KMJ (Channel 24), in Seattle 28 June 1958 on KING (Channel 5), and in New York City 29 April 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Undiscovered screwball gem
13 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In between stints as Dr. Kildare Lew Ayres managed to star in this really nice screwball comedy, the kind of part that someone like Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda would have done had this B film from MGM were given a top drawer budget and production.

The Golden Fleecing casts Lew Ayres as a mild mannered insurance agent who sells a life insurance policy to gangster Lloyd Nolan who then gets a contract put out on him. At that point Ayres is in jeopardy of his job and he seeks out Nolan to make sure he stays alive.

It's hard to describe the rest of the film other than Nolan's various schemes come to naught and the bumbling Ayres keeps coming up a winner. Both are lucky in the women they have. Rita Johnson is faithful to Ayres and smart. Virginia Grey is the smart one on Nolan's team and if he let her handle things it might not have ended so badly for him.

If you haven't seen this one, don't miss it if broadcast.


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