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Make a Million

USA 1935
produced by
Trem Carr for Monogram
directed by Lewis D. Collins
starring Charles Starrett, Pauline Brooks, George E. Stone, James Burke, Guy Usher, Norman Houston, Monte Carter, Jimmy Aubrey, George Cleveland, John Elliott
story by Emmet Anthony, screenlay by Charles Logue

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Because Irene (Pauline Brooks), daughter of millionaire Corning (Guy Usher) failed his class on economics, professor Jones (Charles Starrett), who has some progressive ideas about the redistribution of wealth in the times of the Great Depression, is branded a leftist, fired from his job and told to come back once he has made a million. So Jones sets out to make the million, by hooking up with beggar Pete (James Burke) and his friends to bring their simple schemes to a higher level by advertising in the papers to send him a Dollar. Soon enough, he has won Larkey (George E.Stone), a reporter hired to bring him down actually, over to his side, who uses his profession to make an underdog and a martyr out of Jones - and suddenl, the Dollar bills come flooding in, and everything that Corning does to stop him amounts to very little. And when Corning, a banker, refuses to hand over a check to Jones issued by the Nervo toothpaste corporation, even his daughter, who started everything, sees her professor was right and her father is just the capitalist pig he made him to be - and she helps him to get to an all-decisive radio show, even if Jones ultimately (but temporarily) gets jailed for kidnapping for this.

In the end though, Jones has made his begging scheme into a business by sending all contributors sale items as a way of redistributing wealth, and he gets the girl - Irene - too.

 

A cheap comedy about (for its time) much money ... but it's not its cheapness that makes this film less than special, it's its niceness: While a somehow likeable film, Make a Million seems to be made up of a few too many missed opportunities to really qualify as a lost classic, Its econo-political messages seem to be toned down and sugar-coated, the many sequences featuring Jones' beggar friends seem to lack a certain edge, and the character of Irene Corning remains way too pale to really pack a punch. That's all not to say that Make a Million is necessarily a bad film as such, it's just not all it could ahve been.

 

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