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      If I Had a Million

      1932 1h 28m Comedy Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 5 Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings To prevent his inheritance from going to his greedy family, a steel tycoon (Richard Bennett) chooses eight random strangers and gives them each $1 million. Among those chosen are an entertainer (W.C. Fields) who uses the money to clear bad drivers from the road, a Marine (Gary Cooper) who believes the check is an April Fool's Day prank, and an office clerk (Charles Laughton) who finally sees an opportunity to quit his job. The unexpected windfalls bring joy -- or tragedy -- to the recipients. Read More Read Less

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      Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid This pre-code anthology movie is way more interesting than it sounded, offering a poignant mix of O. Henry-type stories that are, by turns, funny, devastating, and poignant. Rated: 4/4 Jun 17, 2023 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy An anthology yarn that features both hard-hitting drama and lowbrow comedy. Rated: 3/4 Jun 6, 2023 Full Review Don Q. Cine-Mundial As entertaining as it is intriguing. [Full review in Spanish] Oct 8, 2020 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) With eight directors and 17 credited writers, the results aren't exactly uniform, but they work more often than not. Rated: 4.5/5 Jul 7, 2011 Full Review Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena Como a maioria das antologias, o filme irregular, merecendo destaque as histrias protagonizadas por Fields, Raft e Robson. Rated: 3/5 Jul 13, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william d A series of vignettes showing people who suddenly acquire one million dollars. Most are not worth watching. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w This Depression-era tale simply looks in on the lives of 6 people given a million dollars (back when it was really worth a million) and what they might do with the freedom money allows. Played mostly for comedy, it manages to deliver smiles more often than not. Three of the tales make enlightened social commentary as well, such as when a call girl gives up 'the life' Better than you might think. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Hollywood at its most creative and enjoyable! Fields is amazing. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member Steel magnate Bennett is ill and near death but can't stand his bickering relatives or grovelling employees. So, he decides to give away his millions to six random people, drawn from the telephone book. Six different writers (including Mankewicz) and directors (including Lubitsch) created sketches to be played by an array of stars (including W. C. Fields, Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, and Charlie Ruggles). The result is, as you would expect, a mixed bag. However, there are more hits than misses, particularly Fields and Alison Skipworth buying old cars to crash "road hogs", Laughton's raspberry to the boss, and Ruggles' china smashing hurrah. A little pathos is thrown in with the comedy for good measure, this being the Depression and all. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member 'IF I HAD A MILLION' is an almost legendary example of a rarely used cinematic form, the episodic film... Unique multi-story rarity--Something for everyone: comedy, melodrama, a hint of seduction and several car crashes... Something to live for, something to spend!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member A millionaire is disillusioned with his relatives, so he picks names out of the phone book, and gives each one a million dollars. The lucky recipients include Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, W.C. Fields, and George Raft. Cleverly written. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis To prevent his inheritance from going to his greedy family, a steel tycoon (Richard Bennett) chooses eight random strangers and gives them each $1 million. Among those chosen are an entertainer (W.C. Fields) who uses the money to clear bad drivers from the road, a Marine (Gary Cooper) who believes the check is an April Fool's Day prank, and an office clerk (Charles Laughton) who finally sees an opportunity to quit his job. The unexpected windfalls bring joy -- or tragedy -- to the recipients.
      Director
      Ernst Lubitsch, James Cruze, H. Bruce Humberstone, Stephen Roberts, William A. Seiter, Norman Taurog, Norman Z. McLeod
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (DVD)
      Jun 14, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 28m