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Million Dollar Baby (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1941 (USA)
An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Richard Macaulay (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Pamela McAllister
Jeffrey Lynn ... James Amory
Ronald Reagan ... Peter Rowan
May Robson ... Cornelia Wheelwright
Lee Patrick ... Josie La Rue
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Galloway
George Barbier ... Marlin
Nan Wynn ... Flo
John Qualen ... Dr. Patterson
Walter Catlett ... Mr. Simpson
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Grayson
Richard Carle ... George
John Ridgely ... Ollie Ward
Maris Wrixon ... Diana Bennet
James Burke ... Callahan
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Storyline

An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and only heir to the embezzled man years before. She works in a department store, in love with a struggling pianist. When the handsome young attorney tries to give the young woman a check for a million dollars, the heiress doesn't believe it. On the sly, the older woman befriends the younger woman.

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Wheelwright Discovers America See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Pam's address is given as 351 West 12th St. in Manhattan. That is in the middle of the block between Washington and Greenwich Streets in the Greenwich Village neighborhood. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: You know something, Mr Amory? I just discovered America. Imagine that, at my age.
James 'Jim': You discovered what?
Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: America! What it's all about. Where else could it happen that a couple of youngsters like that would refuse to take money simply because they hadn't earned it? Where they don't want to live on Easy Street unless they build their own home? Ah, there they go, bless their hearts. You know, it's youngsters like that that make you have faith in the future.
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Spring (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

I Get a Kick out of You
(1934) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as dance music by the orchestra at the Sky Terrace nightclub
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Pricilla Cinderella
1 May 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

To right a past wrong, wealthy May Robson (as Cornelia Wheelwright) arrives in New York from Switzerland to find the granddaughter of an old family rival and move into her boarding house, intending to give the young woman a million dollars. Young lawyer Jeffrey Lynn (as James "Jim" Amory) finds pretty Priscilla Lane (as Pamela "Pam" McAllister) working as a lowly department store clerk. He also sees Ms. Lane as a potential romantic partner, but she is dating struggling musician Ronald Reagan (as Peter "Pete" Rowan). Shortly before the 30 minute mark, Ms. Lane has a leggy lingerie scene. Otherwise, this bland romance is highlighted by newcomer Curtis Bernhardt's sprightly direction and a strong supporting cast.

***** Million Dollar Baby (5/31/41) Curtis Bernhardt ~ Priscilla Lane, May Robson, Jeffrey Lynn, Ronald Reagan


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