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50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Herbert Fields (based on the play by), E. Ray Goetz (based on the play by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ole Olsen ... Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
Chic Johnson ... Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
William Gaxton ... Jack Forbes
Helen Broderick ... Violet
John Halliday ... Michael Cummins
Claudia Dell ... Lu Lu Carroll
Lester Crawford Lester Crawford ... Billy Baxter
Evalyn Knapp ... Miss Wheeler-Smith
Charles Judels ... Pernasse - Hotel Manager
Carmelita Geraghty ... Marcelle Dubrey
Vera Gordon ... Jewish Tourist's Wife
Nat Carr ... Jewish Tourist
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Storyline

Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ditches her when he spots the woman of his dreams. When Jack tells his equally wealthy friend Michael Cummins that he will marry that mystery woman, Michael, upon learning that that woman is Lu Lu Carroll who he too has been trying to court, bets Jack $50,000 that he can't give up all his money and get engaged to her within two weeks. Jack accepts the bet as Mike strips him of his money. Jack has to try and meet and woo her all without doing anything with her that requires money, all the while trying to hide the fact that he has no money as he tries to earn some using whatever limited job skills he has at hand. Meanwhile, Mike hires a couple of American detectives, Simon Johanssen and Peter Swanson, to tail Jack to ensure that he keeps to the rules of the bet, but also to thwart Jack's attempts with ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

14 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy from Naples See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Black and White (TV prints)| Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although released in 2-strip Technicolor, the film only survives in black and white. Contemporary reviews in both the New York Times and Harrison's Reports commented on the poor quality of the color which was "so bad it blurs the vision and hurts the eyes". See more »

Quotes

Jewish Tourist's Wife: Mister, will you kindly tell us where is the house of Victor Hugo?
Jack Forbes: Victor Hugo, the man who wrote the movie "The Man Who Laughs"?
Jewish Tourist: Yes.
Jack Forbes: I never heard of him.
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Version of Paree, Paree (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

You Do Something to Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played often in the score
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Olsen & Johnson's 50 Million Frenchmen was a better movie of theirs for me than the last one of Ghost Catchers I saw a few months ago
30 December 2012 | by tavmSee all my reviews

This is the second of the Ole Olsen & Chic Johnson movies I've seen after Ghost Catchers last October. They're a bit funnier here and Johnson's constant laugh does get a bit irritating though not so much that I didn't find it funny again at the end. This was originally a musical with Cole Porter songs but by the time this was adapted for the screen, the vogue for movie musicals had cooled a bit and wouldn't become popular again until 42nd Street a couple years later so only an Olsen & Johnson number is all that's left of the songs though some instrumental versions of those tunes serve as the underscore. Like I said, the team are quite hilarious here especially when they disguise themselves as magicians after stealing the real one-Bela Lugosi's-clothes! By the way, this came out the same day as Lugosi's Dracula so it wouldn't be long before the Hungarian actor became a household name. So on that note, 50 Million Frenchmen is worth a look for fans of movie comedy and of the comedy team.


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