It is the fate of a small frontier town, adjoining the no-man's-land where the Russians and Austrians are fighting out one of the final campaigns of World War I, to be occupied one day by ... See full summary »
A Broadway musical comedy star tires of the same old grind and flees the city. She runs into the skipper of a showboat who befriends her, and they make plans to put together a musical revue... See full summary »
Violene and death stalk the Chinese of a big American city, but one man, Dr. Chang Ling, and his daughter, Dr. Mary Ling, defy the racketeers who are responsible, and, against terrific odds, bring peace to their oppressed neighbors.
Anna May Wong,
J. Carrol Naish
At Middleton College, controlled by rich donor Melton, only paying sports are allowed. But Freddie Frye, conniving student body president, has to get a letter in some sport to win back his ... See full summary »
One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
An object lesson about sudden wealth that is actually very true!
Sweeney Patterson (Charlie Ruggles) is an ordinary boob who suddenly strikes it rich by winning a sweepstakes. And, like so many lottery winners, he and his family overspend like mad until all their good fortune is soon all used up.
This is actually a story close to the truth, as reportedly 70% of all the million dollar plus lottery winners eventually end up declaring bankruptcy. As such, it's a nice lesson on greed and sudden wealth.
So is the film any good? Yes, though I wouldn't call it a comedy...more an allegory or slice of life movie. The acting is fine and the problem a real one, as human nature is, quite often, really awful and stupid.
By the way, listen closely to the conversation between Sweeney and his daughter near the end of the film when he says: "When a girl gets to be as big as you are, spanking is a husband's privilege"!!! My, how times have changed!!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this