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The Billion Dollar Hobo (1977)

Vernon Praiseworthy is a clumsy but lovable dope who stands to inherit his uncle's fortune. The condition is that he travel the rails as a penniless hobo just as his uncle did in the dark ... See full summary »


Stuart E. McGowan (as Stuart McGowan)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Conway ... Vernon Praiseworthy
Al Stellone Al Stellone ... Cookie
Ellen Gerstein ... Waitress
Jerry Toomey Jerry Toomey ... Boy #1
Kevin Brando Kevin Brando ... Mike
Mickey Morton Mickey Morton ... Kotch
Roger Barkley Roger Barkley ... Guard#2
Al Lohman Al Lohman ... Guard#1 (as Al Loehman)
Will Geer ... Choo-Choo Trayne
Kaye Elhardt Kaye Elhardt ... Miss Evans
Eric Weston ... Steve
Frank Sivero ... Ernie
Sharon Clark Sharon Clark ... Jen (as Sharon Weber)
Sheela Tessler Sheela Tessler ... Rita
Victoria Carroll ... Henderson


Vernon Praiseworthy is a clumsy but lovable dope who stands to inherit his uncle's fortune. The condition is that he travel the rails as a penniless hobo just as his uncle did in the dark days of the depression. That seems simple enough until he gets involved in a dog-napping plot. Written by Jerry Roberts

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Clear the tracks! It's a 100 laffs-a-minute runaway as Tim goes tramping with a locomotive and a canine keeper!


Comedy | Family



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Release Date:

November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der millionenschwere Landstreicher See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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1.85 : 1
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After Vernon runs the train set and he is talking to the dog. A shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall. See more »


Half Sung Song
Music by Michael Leonard
Lyrics by Herb Martin
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Scrimshaw Records
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Even the VHS copy was awful !!
5 May 2010 | by tmpjSee all my reviews

This one was so bad that I started writing about it while I was still watching it. Can't help using the pun, but this one was a real dog. The VHS copy I had was a lousy print, and the soundtrack was distorted...the music sounded as if it had been imported from outer space. I'd go back and get a refund if I could remember where I got it. Literally, this film is a dog, because the only saving grace is the fact that the real stars are the animals. Bo, the pure-bred German Shepherd, is the real hero of this film. Tim Conway's usual screw-up character somehow just doesn't cut the mustard in this corny piece of un-necessary celluloid. Will Geer , it turns out, is Tim's Billionaire uncle, and Tim's only living relative. Tim has to prove he's got the right stuff in order to come into the business of his uncle, and the fortune of his uncle. He has to become a hobo and, as usual, he screws it all up. The Uncle lays down rules about cheating and stealing which, sad to say, are a low point of the film as Tim does steal a car later after he runs out of gas in a van that does not belong to him. This is never reconciled in the film, and as far as I was concerned this dis-qualified him from his intended inheritance. But...what the heck...movie logic is just that...movie logic. Who has figured it out yet? Anyway, as funny as Tim Conway can be, I have to say forget about this one. You don't need to see this film to know that most dogs are smarter than a whole lot of humans. An awful film, an awful print, and a story that has been abused over the decades and centuries...nothing really new here except for the attempts at re-telling the story...and this re-telling is not exceptional, nor is it worth the time it takes to watch it.

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