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Quick Money (1937)

Passed | | Comedy | 10 December 1937 (USA)
Bluford H. Smythe, who has made it big in the big city, has returned to his small hometown of Glenwood after being away for twenty years. Accompanying him is his personal secretary, Ambrose... See full summary »


Edward Killy


Arthur T. Horman (story), Arthur T. Horman (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Fred Stone ... Mayor Jonas Tompkins
Gordon Jones ... Bill Adams
Dorothy Moore ... Alice Tompkins
Berton Churchill ... Bluford H. Smythe
Paul Guilfoyle ... Ambrose Ames
Harlan Briggs ... Thorndyke Barnsdale
Dorothy Vaughan ... Lyda Tompkins
Sherwood Bailey Sherwood Bailey ... Freddie Tompkins
Frank M. Thomas ... Jim Clark
Jack Carson ... Coach Woodford
Kathryn Sheldon Kathryn Sheldon ... Mrs. Otis
Dick Elliott ... Jeffrey Walker
Jim Farley ... Sheriff Mart (as James Farley)
Billy Franey ... Hotel Clerk Walter (as William Franey)
Fuzzy Knight ... Peter Piper Potter


Bluford H. Smythe, who has made it big in the big city, has returned to his small hometown of Glenwood after being away for twenty years. Accompanying him is his personal secretary, Ambrose Ames. Despite it being purely a vacation to get some rest and relaxation, the leading citizens of the town welcome him back with some official gatherings. Mayor Jonas Tompkins, who never liked Bluford, holds no grudges against him and too welcomes him with open arms. Although Bluford had no intention of making the news public, the townsfolk learn that he has indeed come back to do business, specifically develop a summer resort in Glenwood to rival that of the best summer resorts worldwide. As such, the leading townsfolk, led by banker Thorndyke Barnsdale, want a chance to invest. They believe that the bulk of the money could come from the town's coffers, specifically the $47,000 in the school fund. That goes against Jonas' wishes, he who doesn't believe the town's money should be used for ... Written by Huggo

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HE TACKLED the WHOLE TOWN...AND WON! (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

10 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taking the Town See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mr. Stone stands up
8 May 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A whole group of familiar character players really put over this comedy about a small town mayor standing up to the public opinion in his town which is hell bent on investing the town's money in a summer resort being proposed by one of its former citizens. Fred Stone is the put upon mayor who is acting in the best tradition of Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

Proposing the resort is Berton Churchill who has returned to the small town with his 'secretary' Paul Guilfoyle and wants to put in a summer resort. He's prosperous all right, Churchill and Guilfoyle have been putting over this and many other confidence rackets all over the country. Churchill is really superb in the part, he's like a descendant of Gatewood the banker from Stagecoach. He and Guilfoyle got the town drooling at the prospect of Quick Money.

Stone smells something fishy but he's up against public opinion. Even his wife Dorothy Vaughan is for Churchill. Fortunately daughter Dorothy Moore sides with her father and she's dating a budding Carl Bernstein in Gordon Jones. Jones and Stone's son Sherwood Bailey and the wonders he does with his chemistry set come in mighty handy.

There's a chase scene in the end that is hilarious. The wholesome values of common sense in small town America as personified by Fred Stone triumph in the end. As it always did in 1937. Stone and Churchill as a kind of yin and yang of good and evil really do a fine job in leading a great group of character players in this fine B feature from RKO.

Don't miss this if broadcast, it's a real sleeper.

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