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Million Dollar Legs (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Sport | 8 July 1932 (USA)
A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward F. Cline (as Edward Cline)

Writers:

Joseph L. Mankiewicz (story), Henry Myers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Oakie ... Migg Tweeny
W.C. Fields ... The President
Andy Clyde ... The Major-Domo
Lyda Roberti ... Mata Machree
Susan Fleming ... Angela
Ben Turpin ... Mysterious Man
Hank Mann ... Customs Inspector
Hugh Herbert ... Secretary of the Treasury
George Barbier ... Mr. Baldwin
Dickie Moore ... Willie - Angela's Brother
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Storyline

A small country on the verge of bankruptcy is persuaded to enter the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics as a means of raising money. Either a masterpiece of absurdity or a triumph of satire, depending on your mood, but it's quite possibly the funniest movie ever made, and becomes even funnier with subsequent viewings. Written by Carl Schultz

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10 OF THE SCREEN'S GOOFIEST LAUGH MAKERS In the NUTTIEST LAUGHINGEST Picture Ever Made! A Frolic of Gags and Gals (Print Ad- Troy Times, ((Troy NY)) 21 July 1932) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

On Your Mark See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The stadium seen in aerial shots and used for stock and staged track and field footage is the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. This was the main venue of the 1932 Olympic Games; as well as track and field, it hosted field hockey, gymnastics, and the show jumping portion of the equestrian competition. The stock footage of track events and stadium crowds may have been from a USC or UCLA event, as both schools used the Coliseum for football games and track meets at the time. See more »

Goofs

The film depicts a mile-long race at the 1932 Olympics. In 1932, as today, all Olympic track events were run over metric distances, including the so-called "metric mile" of 1,500 meters. See more »

Quotes

Angela: The blood that runs in my father's veins, runs in mine! If I can't make you come with me, I'm not half the man my father is.
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Connections

Referenced in Where Now Are the Dreams of Youth (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
(1829) (uncredited)
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Excerpts in the score during a chase scene
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This is the perfect film for Election 2000
25 December 2000 | by boris-26See all my reviews

W. C Fields is the hot tempered President of Klopstokia, an impoverished country where the Presidency is decided by arm wrestling matches. All Klopstokians have impossible athletic abilitites. This 1932 classic is a fun, wacked out laff riot. The writing is perfect. (Sample Fields dialog; "The Constitution forbids me to hit a man under 200 pounds." "I just had my lunch of roast goat stuffed with eel." Lyda Roberti is hysterical as Mata Macree, a Brooklyn accented femme fetale "Not too clozz boyzz, youse catch on fi-yer." 62 minutes of genius comedy.


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