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Million Dollar Weekend (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 December 1950 (Sweden)
Nicholas Lawrence, a young stockbroker, embezzles a million dollars worth of cash and stock, planning to flee to Shanghai. En route, he meets Cynthia Strong, who is fleeing Los Angeles ... See full summary »

Director:

Gene Raymond

Writers:

Charles Belden (screenplay) (as Charles S. Belden), Matty Kemp (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ... Nicholas Lawrence
Osa Massen ... Cynthia Strong (as Stephanie Paull)
Francis Lederer ... Alan Marker
Robert Warwick ... Dave Dietrich
Patricia Shay Patricia Shay ... Sally
James Craven James Craven ... Dr. George Strong
The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders ... Hawaiian Singers
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Storyline

Nicholas Lawrence, a young stockbroker, embezzles a million dollars worth of cash and stock, planning to flee to Shanghai. En route, he meets Cynthia Strong, who is fleeing Los Angeles after the suspicious death of her husband. When a blackmailer tries to force her to pay him or he'll accuse her of murder, she appeals to Nicholas for assistance. During a layover in Honolulu, while Nicholas and Cynthia are eating dinner, the blackmailer steals the attaché case containing the stolen loot. Nicholas and Cynthia pursue the thief to San Francisco in a desperate attempt to recover the stocks and money before Nicholas' now regretted embezzlement is discovered. Written by David Bassler

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1950 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

San Francisco - Honolulu See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawaii, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Matty Kemp Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

[Nicholas has just stuffed cash and stocks embezzled from his clients in an attache case when Dave walks into his office]
Dave Dietrich: Well... leaving so soon?
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My Destiny
Written by Dorothy Daniels and Dorothy Roberts
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While the film has a few minor problems, overall it's pretty watchable and fun
15 September 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Gene Raymond was a huge star in the 1930s. His lovely singing voice and pretty face meant stardom and a long marriage to a big leading lady, Jeanette MacDonald. However, by the 1940s, his pretty-boy looks were not quite so evident and film roles dried up. Here in 1948, he's far from pretty, but proves in "Million Dollar Weekend" that he was quite talented, as aside from starring in the film, he directed and co-wrote the screenplay! Overall, this B-movie is quite good.

It begins with Nicholas Lawrence at work as a stock broker. However, instead of just going home that Friday afternoon, Nick steals a million dollars worth of his companies money and bonds. His plan is to head to China and live the high life. However, on the way, he gets pulled into a young lady's problems, Cynthia (Osa Massen) is being pursued and blackmailed by a slime-bag, Alan (Frances Lederer). Alan allegedly saw her kill her husband and vows to take her for everything AND have her for his own. She is appalled and seeks help from a stranger, Nick. What's going to happen next? See the film.

The film has a few logical problems. Why would Nick CARE if a woman was in trouble? After all he IS an embezzler! Why would he leave a briefcase filled with a million sitting in his room where someone could steal it? And, why would the film co-star Osa Massen? Massen had very little charisma and really was very poor in the film. It wasn't just her odd accent--after all, Lederer also had a strong accent yet he was wonderful in the film. HOWEVER, and this is fortunate, Raymond's strong performance and the plot were able to overcome much of this. So, despite the film being in the public domain, it IS quite watchable and interesting.


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