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Double or Nothing (1937)

According to the will of an eccentric millionaire, one of four randomly chosen strangers will become his heir if he/she can double $5000 by honest means.

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Theodore Reed

Writers:

Duke Atteberry, Erwin S. Gelsey (as Erwin Gelsey) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... 'Lefty' Boylan
Martha Raye ... Liza Lou Lane
Andy Devine ... Half Pint
Mary Carlisle ... Vicki Clark
William Frawley ... John Pederson
Benny Baker ... Sailor
Samuel S. Hinds ... Jonathan Clark
William Henry ... Egbert Clark
Fay Holden ... Martha Sewell Clark
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Nick Praxitales
Gilbert Emery ... Mr. Mitchell
Walter Kingsford ... Mr. Dobson
John Gallaudet ... Johnny Rutherford
Harry Barris ... Sing Orchestra Leader
Alphonse Bergé Alphonse Bergé ... Specialty
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Storyline

A dying millionaire instructs his lawyers to drop twenty-five purses containing a $100 bill on the streets of New York City. Four honest 'finders' return them to the lawyers. Under the terms of the will, each of them is given $5,000, and the first one to double that money within 30 days will receive the entire estate: $1,000,000. However, the greedy relatives cut from the will are determined to thwart each one's plans. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doppelt oder Nichts See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. It was released on DVD 14 November 2006 as one of 5 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Screen Legend Collection, and again 11 November 2014 as one of 24 titles in Universal's Bing Crosby Silver Screen Collection. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Clark: Will you have a cocktail?
Liza Lou Lane: No. No alcohol, kid. I get a feelin'z good.
Vicki Clark: What's the matter with feeling good?
Liza Lou Lane: Oh, you don't know how good I can feel.
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Connections

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Don't Look Now
(uncredited)
Music by Sanford Green
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
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Natural talent...
5 November 2014 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

Among a slew of films Bing Crosby made for Paramount in the mid-thirties,"Double or Nothing" is a reminder that Bing Crosby was more than just a crooner. He had a flair for acting, a natural easy-going charm that came through on screen. In this cleverly contrived tale, he's one of four candidates for a fortune who's challenged to take a wad of cash and double it in thirty days. That's a headache for heiress Mary Carlisle who -- and this should come as no surprise -- ultimately falls for him. Martha Raye, Andy Devine and William Frawley as Bing's fellow fortune-hunters contribute stereotypical schtick, leading up to a night at an unlikely night club and an even less probable scenery-shifting send-off. Okay, the movie doesn't always make sense. But a good yarn, bright, brash dialogue and the youthful Bing make it fun to watch.


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