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The Millionaire (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Comedy | 1 May 1931 (USA)
A millionaire automaker retires upon the advice of his doctor, but becomes so bored he buys half interest in a gas station and works it on the sly.

Director:

John G. Adolfi

Writers:

Earl Derr Biggers (based on "Idle Hands"), Booth Tarkington (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Arliss ... James Alden
Florence Arliss ... Mrs. Laura Alden
David Manners ... Bill Merrick
Evalyn Knapp ... Barbara Alden
James Cagney ... Schofield
Bramwell Fletcher ... Carter Andrews
Noah Beery ... Peterson
Ivan F. Simpson ... Davis (as Ivan Simpson)
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Dr. Harvey
Sam Hardy ... McCoy
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Dan Lewis
Charley Grapewin ... Ed Powers (as Charles Grapewin)
Charles E. Evans Charles E. Evans ... The Gardener
Tully Marshall ... Briggs
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Storyline

Automaker James Alden is told to retire by his doctors and does so in deference to his wife Laura and daughter 'Babs.' He is not only bored after six months, but is told by a life insurance salesman that retired men are bad risks. So James secretly responds to an ad in the newspaper about a garage being for sale, but he (using the alias Charlie Miller) buys only half of the garage, since the other half was already sold to Bill Merrick, who becomes his partner. The ex-owner, Peterson, was dishonest in not revealing he was opening a new gas station near the new highway a mile down the road where most of the traffic will be. Not willing to be slickered by anybody, Charlie and Bill buy and elegantly rebuild a decrepit building across the street from Peterson's new station and compete handily with the charlatan. James uses a pretense to get away every day, but wonders how long he can keep up his double life. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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A new Arliss...playing a comedy drama so human, so true to life, you feel you know the man..which is why Mr. Arliss is America's First Actor (Print Ad- Elmira Star-Gazette, ((Elmira, NY)) 8 May 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le millionnaire See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Brunswick Radios Used Exclusively)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A washed out 24-sheet poster for Little Caesar with Edward G. Robinson blocks the site of the soon-to-be Mission Garage. See more »

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Referenced in Beer and Blood: Enemies of the Public (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Scottish traditional Music
Played in background when Alden retires
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Surprised
20 October 2018 | by jonerogersSee all my reviews

I am very surprised that this being James Cagney's 4th film he took a step back and only appears for a few minutes. Having said that I'm kind of glad as it allowed George Arliss to shine and shine he does.

I discovered this gem as I was collecting Cagney's movies as he and Bogart were my childhood hero's. Arliss is someone I had never heard of but boy I was overjoyed at this charming man. He has a nack of drawing you in with his charm and just a lift of an eyebrow and a quirky smile makes you feel warm.

This film is set during the depression in the thirties but sure makes you feel happy. A real feel good film and one to watch should you get the chance.

Funny, uplifting and overall warm film.


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