James Garner put in a winning performance as a similarly unreconstructed capitalist in the grip of merger mania.


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Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee), Marion Hargrove (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





Complete credited cast:
James Garner ... Cash McCall
Natalie Wood ... Lory Austen
Nina Foch ... Maude Kennard
Dean Jagger ... Grant Austen
E.G. Marshall ... Winston Conway
Henry Jones ... Gilmore 'Gil' Clark
Otto Kruger ... Will Atherson
Roland Winters ... General Andrew 'Andy' Danvers
Edward Platt ... Harrison Glenn (as Edward C. Platt)
Edgar Stehli ... Mr. Pierce
Linda Watkins ... Marie Austen
Parley Baer ... Harvey Bannon


Cash McCall is a young and slick business man who buys failing businesses and resells them. Grant Austen's Plastics is even more of a prize to Cash, for Cash is also making a bid for Austen's beautiful daughter, Lory. This is Cash's toughest deal ever. Written by Kelly

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In love and in the money. If they can work out the details. See more »


Drama | Romance


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This film is about how to do a leveraged buyout, which became highly popular in the financial world twenty years later. See more »


James Garner and Natalie Wood entered the plane by steps at the rear of the plane on which aren't seen to be raised or moved before the plane moves. See more »


Cash McCall: You're a cheery little group. You look like Santa Claus is dead.
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Business And Romance
1 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

James Garner makes a dashing young entrepreneur of the business world in Cash McCall, the second of two films made from Cameron Hawley's business world novels, the other being the acclaimed Executive Suite. Hawley certainly knew how to capture the business world well and put a proper face on it.

Usually it's not a real good idea to mix business with pleasure, but in Cash McCall, Garner succeeds quite well. I now know where some of the plot of Grease came from. If you'll remember John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John have a summer fling which ends, but then find themselves in the same school in different social circles.

Cash McCall begins with Garner already having had that fling with Natalie Wood on vacation in Maine and he discovers she's the daughter of Dean Jagger, president of a plastics firm he's looking to acquire. When he discovers who she is it does complicate matters, but Garner is a most resourceful man. In the end it all works out to everyone's satisfaction, but there are a few bumps in the road. Those bumps are what the film is all about.

James Garner has played so many con men on the big and small screen it would have been an easy matter for him to slip into that familiar characterization for him. But he plays this one absolutely straight and does quite well with the part. Of course if he had been anything less than up front he wouldn't have gotten Wood. Natalie was just radiant in her role as the Philadelphia Main Line princess, a bit more human than Tracy Samantha Lord of The Philadelphia Story.

Besides Dean Jagger, the leads are backed by an established group of players portraying various business types as Edward Platt, E.G. Marshall, Otto Kruger, Parley Baer, and Roland Winters. Two performances that are really outstanding are Nina Foch as the hotel chief housekeeper at the place where Garner resides occupying an entire floor and part of another and Henry Jones as an efficiency expert who Garner recruits.

I'm surprised that Cash McCall was not taken up as material for a prime time soap opera in the Eighties, the decade of such. It certainly has all the ingredients.

Still it remains as one of James Garner's best early film performances and usually on the top 10 list for his fans.

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27 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


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1.85 : 1
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