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The Match King (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 31 December 1932 (USA)
Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation ... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Paul Kroll
Lili Damita ... Marta Molnar
Glenda Farrell ... Babe
Juliette Compton ... Sonia Lombard
Claire Dodd ... Ilse Wagner
Harold Huber ... Scarlatti
John Wray ... Foreman of Janitors
Spencer Charters ... Oscar
Murray Kinnell ... Nyberg
Hardie Albright ... Erik Borg
Alan Hale ... Borglund
Edmund Breese ... Olaf Christofsen
Robert McWade ... Mr. Larsen
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Storyline

Unscrupulous Paul Kroll, starting as a Chicago janitor, uses graft to finance a trip to Sweden where by trickery he gains control of his uncle's small match factory. By expert manipulation of everyone and employment of femmes-fatale, he parlays this into a match monopoly, expanding over many countries. Finally he meets a woman so gorgeous she turns his head away from a business that needs constant financial manipulation to survive. Based on the real career of Ivar Kreuger. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gyufakirály See more »

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Budget:

$165,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Warren William's most immediately prior film was titled Three on a Match (1932). That film's title refers to the "superstition" that if three people light their cigarettes with the same match, the third person will soon die. The so-called superstition was actually part of a promotional campaign designed by Ivar Kreuger (the real-life counterpart to William's character) to increase the use of matches by cutting down sharing. See more »

Goofs

In the meeting between Kroll and Scarlatti, Kroll blows out four of the five candles in a candelabra. The very next scene shows two candles still lit. See more »

Quotes

Paul Kroll: Never worry about anything 'til it happens. Then I'll take care of it.
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Liebefreud (Love's Joy)
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Music by Fritz Kreisler
Played on the phonograph
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Rise and fall - the scarface of the business world
12 July 2002 | by raskimonoSee all my reviews

This gangster-styled story set in the world of business shows the rise of a janitor Paul Kroll, who as a janitor in the US returns to Sweden and rises to own and become a monopoly in the world matches business using unscrupulous and immoral antics. You know he has to fall. Good acting by the always good Warren William and an extremely beautiful LIly Damita as the "woman". The difference between making the movie today, than back then, would be the lack of melodrama between the William and Damita character (heck! it was the era of the woman's picture) Formulaic stuff but good formula all the same with an unusually expensive look (good cinematography, tons of location shooting, great sets, lots of wide shots) for a WB thirties picture tells you this was probably an expected blockbuster in the year of 1932.


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