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The Jackpot (1950)

Passed | | Comedy | 1 November 1950 (USA)
Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.


Walter Lang


John McNulty (New Yorker article), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
Barbara Hale ... Amy Lawrence
James Gleason ... Harry Summers
Fred Clark ... Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
Alan Mowbray ... Leslie
Patricia Medina ... Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
Natalie Wood ... Phyllis Lawrence
Tommy Rettig ... Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist ... Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot ... Fred Burns


Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The house interior used as Jimmy Stewart's character's residence was previously used as the interior of the home of the main characters in the Mr. Belvedere film "Sitting Pretty" (1948). The secretarial desk by the staircase is used by characters in both films. See more »


The shadows of trees and other objects on the street in front of the Lawrence home face the same direction in both the opening-shot of the movie, which is set in the morning, and in the scene late that afternoon when Bill comes home from work. See more »


Lawyer: "They might detatch your salary."
William: "Then I'll quit my job and live on soup."
Lawyer: "They might detach this house."
William: "Then I'll burn down the house!"
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Music by James P. Johnson
Hummed and danced by Amy in the parlor
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Jimmy Stewart hits the Jackpot!
30 August 2005 | by mbang-1See all my reviews

"The Jackpot" is a story about Bill Lawrence, an ordinary man with a lovely wife, two growing kids, a regular job and a good group of friends. But this ordinary man thinks his life is too ordinary, too boring. Then one night he has an opportunity to answer a question on a radio quiz show. Once he gives the correct answer and begins to receive the prizes, his life is no longer boring or ordinary. Of course he soon wishes things were back to normal. Jimmy Stewart is such a pleasure to watch as he runs through a whole gamut of emotional upheavals. He goes from his routine life to the stress of trying to win the contest, to the euphoria of winning, to the turmoil when the prizes arrive, and then to the shocking discovery that he'll have to pay taxes on them. Barbara Hale is wonderful as his patient wife, who gets a little fed up with him as he laments his life decisions. James Gleason is also noteworthy as Bill's friend and adviser. While the story in itself isn't top notch, the acting more than makes up for it.

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1 November 1950 (USA) See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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