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Money on Your Life (1938)

A man runs into a building after 2 men are trying to kill him. He happens to run into the office of an insurance man, whose boss told him if he messes up again, he's fired. The insurance ... See full summary »

Director:

William Watson

Writers:

Mort R. Lewis (story) (as M. Lewis), T. McKnight (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Kemper ... Charlie Kemp
Danny Kaye ... Nikolai Nikolayevich
Harry Gribbon ... The Window Cleaner
Sally Starr ... Alice - Charlie's Fiancée
Al Ochs Al Ochs
Jack Shutta Jack Shutta ... Assasin
Eddie Hall Eddie Hall ... Assasin
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Storyline

A man runs into a building after 2 men are trying to kill him. He happens to run into the office of an insurance man, whose boss told him if he messes up again, he's fired. The insurance agent, unaware of his dilemma, talks him into signing a policy. When he finds out someone wants him dead, he has to do everything to keep him alive.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1938 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Danny Kaye initiates his lobby number in this film which he later expanded and used in Up in Arms (1944) and _Man from Diner's Club, The (1963)_. See more »

Quotes

Nikolai Nikolayevich: Have I seen you somewhere before?
Alice - Charlie's Fiancée: Well, I've been somewhere before.
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Another early Danny Kaye short with a weak script
20 February 2019 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

This is the fourth of four shorts that Danny Kaye was in at the start of his film career. Kaye isn't in the lead role, but steals all the scenes he's in. Again, this is a film that has a good idea for a plot. The antics are good, and there's plenty of those. Unfortunately, the script just doesn't have much humor in the dialog.

Charles Kemper has the lead as Charlie Kemp, an accident insurance agent. The best humor has to do with his company and its insurance policies. Charlie sells a policy to Nikolai Nikolayevich, and when two foreign Russian agents try to kill Nikolai, Charlie does everything he can to try to keep him alive.

The name of the insurance company is, Look Before You Leap Accident Insurance Co. It's slogan is, "Your broken neck is our loss."

Here's the best exchange of dialog in film. Charlie Kemp says, "You have no idea how much money you'd get if you broke both arms, both legs, 15 ribs, drowned and suffocated." Nikolai Nikolayevich, "I couldn't be that lucky."


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