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The Millionaire

1931 1h 21m Comedy List
Reviews 67% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Growing bored with life as a retiree, millionaire James Alden (George Arliss) secretly invests in an unprofitable gas station to amuse himself. Disguising himself and using the alias "Charles Miller," James begins a partnership with a young bootstrapper named Bill Merrick (David Manners). Complications arise when James' spoiled daughter, Barbara (Evalyn Knapp), becomes a regular customer and competition from a neighboring gas station threatens to ruin the business. Read More Read Less

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James T. Hamada The Nippu Jiji (Honolulu) The Millionaire proves a refreshing story and made all the more enjoyable through the keen artistry of the star. Apr 9, 2020 Full Review Harry Alan Potamkin The New Masses The movie is a ritual that purges everything it touches -- purges everything of veracity and sense. Mar 26, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Although my rating is high, this is NOT a good movie. But I liked it. In fact, I found it quite charming. The now-forgotten Evalyn Knapp was absolutely delightful, and one wonders why she didn't become a bigger star. Cagney's short screen time gives a desperate jolt to the film, which seems to ride that wave of energy straight through to the ultimate silly and formulaic conclusion. Although Cagney fans might want to seek it out, I can't guarantee they'll enjoy it as I did. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A Ford-type auto mogul tries to retire, but decides he can't disengage from life just yet. The story is slight, and the pacing is quite slow by today's standards, but it's charming. It's also interesting to see a wealthy person portrayed as generous and helpful from the outset (without the help of an angel or a small child, or something) - something you don't see much these days. A cameo by a very young James Cagney leaps off the screen! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie had a lot of slow parts.. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Growing bored with life as a retiree, millionaire James Alden (George Arliss) secretly invests in an unprofitable gas station to amuse himself. Disguising himself and using the alias "Charles Miller," James begins a partnership with a young bootstrapper named Bill Merrick (David Manners). Complications arise when James' spoiled daughter, Barbara (Evalyn Knapp), becomes a regular customer and competition from a neighboring gas station threatens to ruin the business.
Director
John Adolfi
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Runtime
1h 21m