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The Jackpot

1950 1h 25m Comedy List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Beleaguered family man Bill Lawrence (James Stewart) is thrilled beyond belief when he wins a radio contest, but the crazy prizes prove more of a liability than an asset. Bill needs to somehow freeze a ton of beef, take care of a Palomino pony, and put up with his new decorator (Alan Mowbray). As if that weren't bad enough, he can't afford the taxes on all his winnings, and his wife (Barbara Hale) is beginning to resent his spending so much time with an attractive painter (Patricia Medina). Read More Read Less

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Michael L Well the truest things are the funniest I often wonder how these game show winners will handle the harsh reality of the government irs reality Watch this movie and get a wake up call... but watch it...it's great Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/29/24 Full Review Steve D More frustrating than amusing. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 06/22/23 Full Review andy h Probably the least prominent and most boring film that betrays natalie's star power. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review kevin w Nowadays nobody savvy wants a prize when you can simply get the money, but back in the day you had to settle for the promotion the companies were actually purchasing when they gave out "free" prizes. So it is that a typical American family wins a $24,000 contest WORTH OF PRIZES and the film becomes about how the just-getting-along clan deals with all of their newfound swag. Better than a cookie cutter comedy, penned by the parents of Nora and Delia Ephron no less, and comfortably helmed by Stewart and Hale, its an easy pass of your time. Interestingly Stewart cheats to win the prize initially and nada is said further about America's boy hero cutting corners. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member u'll never get bored of James Stewart anyhow, no matter how mediocre this movie was Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member It was okey. It seems unrealistic to be able to win all those prizes for answering a question. The question for answering the Jackpot was kind of dumb. I don't understand how you were to answer the question without providing optional choices. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Beleaguered family man Bill Lawrence (James Stewart) is thrilled beyond belief when he wins a radio contest, but the crazy prizes prove more of a liability than an asset. Bill needs to somehow freeze a ton of beef, take care of a Palomino pony, and put up with his new decorator (Alan Mowbray). As if that weren't bad enough, he can't afford the taxes on all his winnings, and his wife (Barbara Hale) is beginning to resent his spending so much time with an attractive painter (Patricia Medina).
Director
Walter Lang
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 25m
Sound Mix
Stereo