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Pot o' Gold (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 April 1941 (USA)
Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Walter DeLeon (screenplay) (as Walter De Leon), Andrew Bennison (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Jimmy Haskell
Paulette Goddard ... Molly McCorkle
Horace Heidt ... Horace Heidt
Charles Winninger ... C.J. Haskell
Mary Gordon ... Ma McCorkle
Frank Melton ... Jasper
Jed Prouty ... Mr. Louderman
Charles Arnt ... Parks (as Charlie Arnt)
Dick Hogan ... Willie McCorkle
James Burke ... Lt. Grady
Donna Wood Donna Wood ... Donna McCorkle
Larry Cotton Larry Cotton ... Larry Cotton, Vocalist
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Storyline

Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle's worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices. Soon, Jimmy finds himself trying to help the band by getting them gigs and trying to reconcile the family with his uncle, an avid music hater, all while winning the heart of the beautiful Molly. Written by Nathan Will Sheets

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It's the prize romantic laugh of the year... more fun than winning the POT O' GOLD! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jimmy Steps Out See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Re-titled "Jimmy Steps Out", this film's earliest documented television broadcast occurred Sunday, May 23, 1948, in Los Angeles, California on KTLA (Channel 5). On Sunday, June 20, 1948, it was the first feature film shown on New York City's newly launched television station, WPIX (Channel 11), which began broadcasting on June 15, 1948. It was followed on succeeding Sundays by the Hal Roach package of three dozen feature films, produced between 1931 and 1943 and newly acquired for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. In Baltimore, it first aired Saturday, July 3, 1948 on WMAR (Channel 2), in Detroit, Sunday, July 1, 1949 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Boston Thursday 19 August 1948 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Wednesday 28 September 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Philadelphia, Saturday, November 5, 1949 on WCAU (Channel 10). See more »

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As Jimmy follows Molly to the house, the bag of apples is held waist-high by the bottom of the bag. In the closer shot, the bag has disappeared and his hand is down by his side. When he brings the bag back into view, he is holding it at the top, whereas previously he held it by the bottom. See more »

Quotes

Molly McCorkle: You've heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys?
Hames Hamilton 'Jimmy' Haskell: Yeah.
Molly McCorkle: Well this is a fight between the Haskells and the McCorkles.
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Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?
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Music by Vee Lawnhurst
Lyrics by Mack David
Performed by Larry Cotton with Horace Heidt & His Musical Knights
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hidden gem found in Pot of Gold
22 February 2006 | by wordsmith_57See all my reviews

This movie was found in the dollar bin at Wal-Mart, and it couldn't be resisted, simply because Jimmy Stewart movies are worth watching, even oldies like Pot of Gold. Clear back in 1941 his trademark common man persona was much in evidence with this quirky little madcap comedy/musical. Considering this movie came just five years prior to It's a Wonderful Life, it's surprising it hasn't received more notice. The plot in a nutshell is that Stewart has to close up his music shop due to poor business, and goes to the city to go work for his cranky rich uncle. Along the way Stewart becomes involved with a band, a pretty Irish girl, thrown in jail, and could be arrested for running a illegal lottery. While there are plenty of madcap moments, honest understated humor, and delightful performances, it's the music that is absolutely incredible! Jimmy Stewart bluffs his way fairly incredibly on the harmonica and even sings a song. It may not have been his favorite movie, but it is still a Jimmy Stewart gem. Even if you have to pay more than a dollar to watch the movie, it's still a movie, especially for Jimmy Stewart fans, to find and enjoy. The dining room musical number is worth the rental fee alone (but dig through the Wal-Mart dollar bins anyway).


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