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Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 8 July 1932 (USA)
A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (story), Henry Myers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Migg Tweeny
W.C. Fields ... The President
Andy Clyde ... The Major-Domo
Lyda Roberti ... Mata Machree
Susan Fleming ... Angela
Ben Turpin ... Mysterious Man
Hank Mann ... Customs Inspector
Hugh Herbert ... Secretary of the Treasury
George Barbier ... Mr. Baldwin
Dickie Moore ... Willie - Angela's Brother
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Storyline

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings. Written by Carl Schultz

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10 OF THE SCREEN'S GOOFIEST LAUGH MAKERS In the NUTTIEST LAUGHINGEST Picture Ever Made! A Frolic of Gags and Gals (Print Ad- Troy Times, ((Troy NY)) 21 July 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Your Mark See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was written by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Henry Myers, it is often mistakenly attributed to Mankiewicz' older brother, Herman J. Mankiewicz, later the co-author of Citizen Kane (1941); Herman, then an executive at Paramount Studios, had hired Joseph as a writer there, and had contributed to the writing of the movie's opening title card. See more »

Goofs

Supposedly all Klopstokian males are named George, but the female lead's younger brother (Dickie Moore) is named Willie. See more »

Quotes

Mata's Butler: What do you want?
Secretary of the Interior: We shall like to see Mata Machree.
Mata's Butler: But, who wouldn't?
Secretary of the Treasury: I want to see this woman, no man can resist.
Mata's Butler: Sorry. Madame is only resisted from two to four in the afternoon.
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Connections

Referenced in The Hand Behind the Mouse: The Ub Iwerks Story (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Klopstakian Love Song
(1932) (uncredited}
Music based on "One Hour with You" by Richard A. Whiting (1932)
Lyrics by Henry Myers
Performed by Jack Oakie a few times
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PLEASE RELEASE THIS ON DVD!
20 July 2004 | by barrymn1See all my reviews

One simply....one of the funniest movies of the 1930's. Everything's perfect in this little, silly comedy about a small country trying to get out of their financial con-dish by getting a sponsor for their people in the Summer Olympics.

The entire cast is just great from W.C. Fields down to Vernon Dent and Billy Gilbert.

One of the funniest lines: (To Mata Macree's butler:) "I want to see this woman no man can resist." (Butler:) "Madam is only resisted from 2-4 in the afternoon."

This film, along with "International House" and "If I Had A Million" is the kind of silly, clever comedy that only Paramount could've released.


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