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Double Dynamite (1951)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Music | 25 December 1951 (USA)
An innocent bank teller, suspected of embezzlement, is aided by an eccentric, wisecracking waiter.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Melville Shavelson (screenplay), Leo Rosten (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Russell ... Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhue
Groucho Marx ... Emile J. Keck
Frank Sinatra ... Johnny Dalton
Don McGuire ... R.B. 'Bob' Pulsifer Jr.
Howard Freeman ... R.B. Pulsifer Sr.
Nestor Paiva ... 'Hot Horse' Harris, the Bookie
Frank Orth ... Mr. Kofer
Harry Hayden Harry Hayden ... J.L. McKissack
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Mr. Baganucci
Russell Thorson ... Internal Revenue Service Tailman (as Russ Thorson)
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Storyline

Bank teller Johnny Dalton, too poor to marry his sweetheart 'Mibs' Goodhug, saves a big-time bookie from a beating and receives a munificent reward...which just happens to match a mysterious shortage at the bank! Will Johnny's pal, eccentric waiter Emile, get him out of trouble...or in so deep he'll never get out? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Doube Fun! Double Joy! Double Everything! (original lobby card) See more »


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Trivia

During the first restaurant scene, Groucho's character tells a story about his Uncle Julius. Groucho's real name was Julius, and he was named after his uncle. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, Emile leaves the water pitcher on the table with Mildred and Johnny and walks away. After a couple shots back and forth, the water pitcher disappears from the table and has moved to a side table behind the couple. See more »

Quotes

Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhug: More champagne. Fill it up please.
R.B. 'Bob' Pulsifer Jr.: Mibs, don't you think maybe you're living a little too dangerously?
Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhug: Spilts'll make you feel gay, isn't it? Well then why doesn't it? Mildred feels
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Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhug: terrible.
R.B. 'Bob' Pulsifer Jr.: Well, pretty soon you won't feel anything. And then we'll see whether Yale really made me a gentleman and a scholar, won't we.
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Soundtracks

Kisses and Tears
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics Sammy Cahn
Sung by Frank Sinatra and Jane Russell
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Of Sinatra, Jane, and Groucho.
12 June 2007 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

This move is set some time in the 1940s, so plug that in and go along for the ride. Sinatra stars as an honest man, eking out a living as a bank teller but not enough for marriage. By chance, he's captured by the underworld and makes a mint. He can marry Jane Russell, something the wisecracking waiter, Groucho Marx, seems to want. But there has been an apparent embezzlement at the bank where Sinatra works, and its discovery is timed exactly with Sinatra's underworld winnings. He did not embezzle the money, but he can't rightly say he did come by it. But Groucho is there to help him, and we all know what that means.

This is a nifty film with a few good twists and its share of laughs.

There is a scene where "Johnny Dalton" is lying in his bed in his apartment and Mibs Goodhue in her bed in hers, separated by wall. Dalton starts to sing.

"You know," I teased to my wife, "that guy sounds a lot like Sinatra." "It is," she deadpanned in reply.

"Looks too young to be Sinatra." Yeah, 't was 1951. If you want to go back for a spell, this one will take you there.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It's Only Money See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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