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New Adventures of Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 3 October 1931 (USA)
Wallingford is a con-man whose specialty is taking money from suckers. His partners are Schnozzle, a pickpocket and car thief; and Blackie, who has played the game for years. Jimmy's latest... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles MacArthur (adapted by), George Randolph Chester (from "The Wallingford Stories" published in Cosmopolitan Magazine)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Wallingford
Jimmy Durante ... Schnozzle
Ernest Torrence ... Blackie Daw
Leila Hyams ... Dorothy
Guy Kibbee ... McGonigal
Hale Hamilton ... Charles Harper
Robert McWade ... Mr. Tuttle
Clara Blandick ... Mrs. Layton
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Mr. Layton
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Storyline

Wallingford is a con-man whose specialty is taking money from suckers. His partners are Schnozzle, a pickpocket and car thief; and Blackie, who has played the game for years. Jimmy's latest deal involves land and a clay pot factory in a small town. When he has the money in hand from a number of investors, he decides to go legitimate when he falls for Dorothy - the girl through whom he is working the con. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Schnozzle: Say, I just received a letter from my sweetheart in the country. She said she had a beautiful room with running water. I sent a telegram right back and said: "You better get rid of that Indian!"
Schnozzle: Say, I got a million of 'em, a million of 'em!
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Connections

Follows The New Adventures of J. Rufus Wallingford (1915) See more »

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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Sung by the Stockholders
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Excellent William Haines Conman Comedy
1 June 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

In 1931 William Haines was still a top 5 box office star and it's easy to see why with this fast and funny talkie version of GET RICH QUICK WALLINGFORD, which was filmed in 1921 with Sam Hardy.

Haines is perfectly cast as the fast-talking conman who meets his match in Leila Hyams. It's love at first sight for Haines as he and his team (Jimmy Durante and Ernest Torrence) descend on a small town so he can pursue Hyams and swindle the local banker, who is trying to swindle Hyams' father.

The entire cast is quite good in this early talkie and Haines is very handsome and funny as he maneuvers his swindle and closes in on Hyams. Durante is funny is a very early film role. Torrence, a big star character actor in silent films (DESERT NIGHTS) is also excellent here. Hyams is beautiful.

Co-stars include Guy Kibbee as the cop, Clara Blandick and Walter Walker as the parents, Hale Hamilton as the banker, Rober McWade as Tuttle, Henry Armetta as the barber, Lucy Beaumont as the cleaning lady, Charles Moore as the shoeshine boy, and Edwin Maxwell as the telegram boss.

This is a rare film but worth looking for to see the great William Haines in his prime.


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