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Million Dollar Baby (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1941 (USA)
An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Richard Macaulay (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Pamela McAllister
Jeffrey Lynn ... James Amory
Ronald Reagan ... Peter Rowan
May Robson ... Cornelia Wheelwright
Lee Patrick ... Josie La Rue
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Galloway
George Barbier ... Marlin
Nan Wynn ... Flo
John Qualen ... Dr. Patterson
Walter Catlett ... Mr. Simpson
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Grayson
Richard Carle ... George
John Ridgely ... Ollie Ward
Maris Wrixon ... Diana Bennet
James Burke ... Callahan
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Storyline

An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and only heir to the embezzled man years before. She works in a department store, in love with a struggling pianist. When the handsome young attorney tries to give the young woman a check for a million dollars, the heiress doesn't believe it. On the sly, the older woman befriends the younger woman.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Garota dos Milhões See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

May Robson (about 82 in this film) was in fact over a decade older than Richard Carle (about 69), who plays George, the butler who grew up with Cornelia Wheelwright's (Robson's) father. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: You know something, Mr Amory? I just discovered America. Imagine that, at my age.
James 'Jim': You discovered what?
Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: America! What it's all about. Where else could it happen that a couple of youngsters like that would refuse to take money simply because they hadn't earned it? Where they don't want to live on Easy Street unless they build their own home? Ah, there they go, bless their hearts. You know, it's youngsters like that that make you have faith in the future.
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Spring (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Is in Your Dreams Tonight
(1941) (uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Played by the orchestra at the Midwest Dance Hall
Sung by Nan Wynn
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Priscilla Lane outshines even rest of stellar cast
7 July 2009 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

For years I have wanted to found a city just to be able to name one of the nicest streets "Priscilla Lane." Of course, I'd want two more to name Rosemary and Lola, too.

But Priscilla is the star of "Million Dollar Baby," giving one of her most sparkling performances. She is so lovable, so adorable that even if she had ever given a bad performance, this role would wipe it out.

Ronald Reagan also gives one of his best performances, with him as a pianist/composer hitting just -- pardon the pun -- the right note. It's worth saying twice: He gives one of his best performances.

Jeffrey Lynn is also great. He was a good-looking guy and extremely likable in this role.

May Robson probably couldn't give a bad performance, and she certainly didn't in "Million Dollar Baby."

Very interesting is John Qualen, in a sympathetic role and not speaking with a Scandinavian accent.

There are some wonderful lines in this intelligent script, even if some of us watching are puzzled by some of the characters' attitude toward money, and toward getting wads of it.

Oh, look for the handsome Charles Drake in an uncredited role.

He was just one of a large and excellent cast, far too many of whom didn't get credit, including the great Herb Vigran (whom I had met when he was in a play with Richard Thomas, and than whom he was a better actor), and he was on screen so briefly I didn't even see him, but he's listed here at IMDb.

One other standout among the un-credited is Irving Bacon as the repulsive federal PIG (Person In Government). Though the scene was no doubt intended as comedy, today's headlines make it too true to be funny.

Seriously, this is a very good movie. I'll watch it again.


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