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Easy Money (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 23 February 1948 (UK)
An anthology of four short stories centered around the topic of honestly or dishonestly winning the pools in postwar Britain.

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Philip Stafford (segment The Stafford Story)
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Ruth (segment The Stafford Story)
Yvonne Owen Yvonne Owen ... Carol (segment The Stafford Story )
Jack Watling ... Dennis Stafford (segment The Stafford Story)
Petula Clark ... Jackie (segment The Stafford Story)
Mabel Constanduros Mabel Constanduros ... Grandma (segment The Stafford Story)
David Tomlinson ... Martin (segment The Stafford Story)
Maurice Denham ... Kirby (segment The Stafford Story)
Mervyn Johns ... Atkins (segment The Atkins Story)
Joan Young Joan Young ... Agnes (segment The Atkins Story)
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Wilson (segment The Atkins Story)
Gordon McLeod Gordon McLeod ... Cameron (segment The Atkins Story)
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Clerk (segment The Atkins Story)
Greta Gynt ... Pat (segment The Night Club Story)
Dennis Price ... Joe (segment The Night Club Story)
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Storyline

A win on the football pools in postwar Britain changes lives. A happy family is turned into an unhappy argumentative lot until it is discovered the coupon apparently didn't get posted. A mild-mannered clerk worries about how to tell his overbearing boss he is quitting. A double-bass player finds life without the orchestra lacks something. The lure of the big money even turns some people into criminals, as when a coupon checker is tempted by his night-club singer girlfriend to cheat the company. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this picture are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Connections

References Gilda (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Spiv
Lyric and Music by Vivian Ellis
Sung by Greta Gynt (uncredited)
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Not The Inspiration For THE MILLIONAIRE
29 May 2007 | by ProfessorEchoSee all my reviews

Just to correct an earlier post someone made here: This film was NOT the inspiration for the 1950's American television series THE MILLIONAIRE, which featured an unseen character named John Beresford Tipton giving a million dollars to a different person every week. That series was spawned by a 1932 American film for Paramount entitled IF I HAD A MILLION.

EASY MONEY is certainly a variation on the idea, portraying various people's stories after suddenly becoming wealthy. It's interesting in spots, but never quite achieves the levels of profundity or poignancy of the 1932 film.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP116,800 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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