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Million Dollar Baby (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 31 May 1941 (USA)
An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt

Writers:

Casey Robinson (screenplay), Richard Macaulay (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Pamela McAllister
Jeffrey Lynn ... James Amory
Ronald Reagan ... Peter Rowan
May Robson ... Cornelia Wheelwright
Lee Patrick ... Josie La Rue
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Galloway
George Barbier ... Marlin
Nan Wynn ... Flo
John Qualen ... Dr. Patterson
Walter Catlett ... Mr. Simpson
Fay Helm ... Mrs. Grayson
Richard Carle ... George
John Ridgely ... Ollie Ward
Maris Wrixon ... Diana Bennet
James Burke ... Callahan
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Storyline

An older woman discovers that her multi-million dollar fortune was based on embezzlement, so she sets out to right the wrong. She goes to America to meet the young woman who is the one and only heir to the embezzled man years before. She works in a department store, in love with a struggling pianist. When the handsome young attorney tries to give the young woman a check for a million dollars, the heiress doesn't believe it. On the sly, the older woman befriends the younger woman.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Wheelwright Discovers America See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary articles in The Hollywood Reporter, Irene Dunne was considered for the role of Pam. Ann Sheridan was originally cast for the part, but was replaced by Olivia de Havilland during Sheridan's contract dispute with the studio. Finally de Havilland was replaced by Priscilla Lane. See more »

Quotes

Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: You know something, Mr Amory? I just discovered America. Imagine that, at my age.
James 'Jim': You discovered what?
Cornelia Wheelwright aka Miss White: America! What it's all about. Where else could it happen that a couple of youngsters like that would refuse to take money simply because they hadn't earned it? Where they don't want to live on Easy Street unless they build their own home? Ah, there they go, bless their hearts. You know, it's youngsters like that that make you have faith in the future.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life: Spring (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C Sharp Minor, Op. 66
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano in the parlor of the boarding house
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As the film progresses, it becomes more and more tedious.
4 November 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I really wanted to love "Million Dollar Baby". After all, I liked the stars and the film INITIALLY kept my interest. However, as the film progressed I found myself becoming more and more restless and bored...and I couldn't wait until it ended.

Cornelia Wheelwright (May Robson) is a rich old lady. However, when she learns that her father was in fact a crook who cheated his old business partner long ago, she's determined to drop everything and return to America to make things right. The problem is that the only surviving member of the wronged man's family is Pamela (Priscilla Lane)...and eventually you realize that Pamela is an idiot. Why? Well, after she is given a million dollars, instead of doing anything intelligent with it, she reveals her stupidity again and again. First, she doesn't realize that she must pay taxes on it...and argues with the tax man about this! Second, her boyfriend (Ronald Reagan) is a sexist idiot who suddenly hates Pamela now that she's got money. Huh?? And, by the end of the film she comes to the realization that it's best to give away her fortune in order to please her boyfriend's fragile ego! Huh?!

Part of the problem is that times have changed and this plot doesn't work at all today. But a bigger problem is that the film goes on too long and has many scenes that simply don't work. Dull...and not among the best from Warner!


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