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      The Richest Girl in the World

      1934 1h 20m Comedy List
      Reviews 42% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Dorothy Hunter (Miriam Hopkins), the "richest girl in the world," has never shown her face to the public. When she arrives in America, Dorothy switches places with her secretary, Sylvia (Fay Wray), to avoid the press. But after Dorothy's fiancé (George Meeker) proclaims his love for another woman, she wonders if any man can love her for more than her money. Still disguised as a secretary, Dorothy falls for Tony (Joel McCrea) and puts him through a series of tests to prove his affections. Read More Read Less

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      Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The Richest Girl in the World is a fresh, amusing comedy - surprisingly so when you consider that the plot was doing service long before the movies were invented. Sep 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Hopkins is a blast the rest isn't. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/04/24 Full Review Audience Member The outstanding takeaway for this movie is that the moment Joel McCrea makes his appearance we are 100% sure the movie will end with him and his co-star, Miriam Hopkins, happily together, which is exactly what happens. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Miriam Hopkins was an excellent Broadway actress who found a wonderful career in films, even if she never achieved legendary status. In this 1934 movie, she plays the richest woman in the world, undoubtedly a take-off on Barbara Hutton. Desiring to find a man who can love her for herself and not her money, she and her secretary switch identities when there's a potential suitor around. The game gets dicey when Hopkins meets the man of her dreams, Joel McCrea, and let's face it, he was the man of many women's dreams - tall, handsome, boyish, and athletic. The story continues from there with the usual mix-ups. As one of the posters pointed out, the secretary, played by the beautiful Fay Wray, is a married woman, which means that Hopkins is actually posing as a married woman and Wray as a single one - this is a long way of saying the film was probably released before the code hit. Hopkins and McCrea made a good duo, and good thing, because they appeared together several times. This is a pleasant and short comedy, worth seeing for its stars and '30s ambiance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Tom M You cannot watch this movie and NOT fall in love with Miriam Hopkins. While her dramatic work in the 1930's receives accolades, it's her comedic delivery that is brilliant (see Trouble in Paradise). Great film (Oscar nominated for Best Story) ... excellent supporting cast. Fay Wray is particularly good. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/12/20 Full Review Audience Member Miriam Hopkins plays love scenes well, and seeing Fay Wray as a brunette was interesting, but they can't save this clunker, which has a rich woman swapping identities with her secretary to determine the true motivations of her suitors, after having had a string of fortune hunters previously. A few scenes brought a smile, such as drinking several shots of Scotch as a tonic for being sick, but this one could be skipped. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Good players in an idiotic game that has more then a tinge of viciousness to it. Fun for a while but the bluff goes on too long and turns to meanness. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Dorothy Hunter (Miriam Hopkins), the "richest girl in the world," has never shown her face to the public. When she arrives in America, Dorothy switches places with her secretary, Sylvia (Fay Wray), to avoid the press. But after Dorothy's fiancé (George Meeker) proclaims his love for another woman, she wonders if any man can love her for more than her money. Still disguised as a secretary, Dorothy falls for Tony (Joel McCrea) and puts him through a series of tests to prove his affections.
      Director
      William A. Seiter
      Producer
      Pandro S. Berman
      Screenwriter
      Norman Krasna
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Runtime
      1h 20m