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Kid Millions (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1934 (USA)
A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it.

Directors:

Roy Del Ruth, Willy Pogany (uncredited)

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (original story and screen play), Nat Perrin (original story and screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Cantor ... Eddie Wilson Jr.
Ann Sothern ... Joan Larrabee
Ethel Merman ... Dot Clark
George Murphy ... Jerry Lane
Berton Churchill ... Col. Harrison Larrabee (as Burton Churchill)
Warren Hymer ... Louie the Lug
Paul Harvey ... Shiek Mulhulla
Jesse Block Jesse Block ... Ben Ali
Eva Sully Eva Sully ... Princess Fanya
Otto Hoffman ... Khoot
Stanley Fields ... Oscar Wilson
Edgar Kennedy ... Herman Wilson
Jack Kennedy Jack Kennedy ... Pop Wilson
John Kelly ... Adolph Wilson
Doris Davenport ... Nora aka 'Toots'
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A musical comedy about a Brooklyn boy (Eddie Cantor) who inherits a fortune from his archaeologist father, but has to go to Egypt to claim it. Written by Alessandro Martini <alemartini@geocities.com>

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FEAST YOUR EYES ON THIS MERRIEST OF GIRL-CROWDED MUSICALS...SEE EDDIE BECOME A POPEYED SOLDIER OF FORTUNE...HUNTING DAMES AND DOUGH TO THE TUNE OF SWELL SONGS! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Journal, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 3 January 1935) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kid Millions See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Color:

Color (3-strip Technicolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the song "When My Ship Comes In" Walt Disney, Paul Whiteman and Bing Crosby are mentioned. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Wilson Jr.: I wonder what the doctor said to your father when you were born.
Princess Fanya: Why bring that up?
Eddie Wilson Jr.: That's just what I thought.
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Connections

References She Loves Me Not (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

An Earful of Music
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Sung by Ethel Merman and chorus
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Surprisingly sprightly after 70 (!) years
28 March 2003 | by jayson-4See all my reviews

In the early 1930's Eddie Cantor was one of the biggest stars in the world, and "Kid Millions" will show you why. Cantor was energetic, wry, occasionally cutting (without heaping on the cruelty), sweet, and just plain funny, and it's a shame that most people today don't have the faintest idea of who he was. But then, that's increasingly true of Groucho, too. What to do with such a world?

"Kid Millions" has lots of incidental pleasures, including the presence of the ridiculously young Nicholas Brothers, Ann Sothern, and Ethel Merman (who once again proves why she was just too "big," even for grandly produced spectacles like this one). Perhaps most interesting, from a film-history perspective, is the elaborate "Ice Cream Factory" sequence, which was shot in still-experimental 3-strip Technicolor. The earlier (2-strip) Technicolor could only render shades of cyan and magenta (often mistaken today for fading), while the new process was explosively full-spectrum. Audiences at the time must have been astonished.


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