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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 »

Director:

Stuart E. McGowan (as Stuart McGowan)

Writers:

Stuart E. McGowan (story), Roger Beatty | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

G

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der millionenschwere Landstreicher See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Half Sung Song
Music by Michael Leonard
Lyrics by Herb Martin
Performed by Jimmie Rodgers
Courtesy of Scrimshaw Records
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Read the book instead!
20 August 2000 | by cfc_canSee all my reviews

Tim Conway is one of my favorite comics and this seemed like an ideal vehicle for him: playing a goof-up who finds out he is heir to a fortune but must prove his resourcefulness by becoming a hobo for a short time. It's too bad that they couldn't have focused on that as the main plot. The makers chose to throw in a gang of crooks who kidnap a valuable dog and then have Conway and the dog that's been sent along with him to keep him out of trouble, unknowingly join up with the crooks. The film generates few laughs and no one seems to be having much fun. The children's book which came out based on this film was way more enjoyable. If you like Conway, you might get through this but his TV show appearances are a lot funnier.


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