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The Richest Girl in the World (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 September 1934 (USA)
An heiress switches places with her secretary in order to find a man who will love her for who she is and not for her money.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writer:

Norman Krasna (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Dorothy Hunter
Joel McCrea ... Tony Travers
Fay Wray ... Sylvia Lockwood
Henry Stephenson ... John Connors
Reginald Denny ... Phillip Lockwood
Beryl Mercer ... Marie
George Meeker ... Donald
Wade Boteler ... Jim Franey
Herbert Bunston ... Cavendish
Burr McIntosh ... David Preston
Edgar Norton ... Binkley - The Butler
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Coleman ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money, so she pretends to be her secretary Sylvia while Sylvia pretends to be Dorothy. The real Dorothy, attracted to handsome young Tony Travers, pushes him to fall in love with the fake Dorothy, believing that if he does, it proves he is only after her money. But Dorothy's scheme is too complicated and begins to backfire, leaving everyone, especially Dorothy, confused about who loves whom. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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$30,000 A DAY TO SPEND...and nothing to live for! (Print Ad- Poughkeepsie Eagle-News, ((Poughkeepsie, NY)) 6 December 1934)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Mais Rica do Mundo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Tony arrives at the cabin in the Adirondacks during a wild rainstorm, he walks in saying "Ain't a fit night out for man or beast." This is a line popularized the year before by W.C. Fields in The Fatal Glass of Beer (1933). See more »

Quotes

Tony: Oh now, wait a minute, just 'cause she's the richest girl in the world is nothing to hold against her.
Dorothy: That's big of you.
Tony: No, but, you know, every time you hear of a man married to a rich girl you think he's a mucker. Now, I don't believe in that.
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Remade as Verdens rigeste pige (1958) See more »

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early Hopkins and McCrea
22 November 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Miriam Hopkins was an excellent Broadway actress who found a wonderful career in films, even if she never achieved legendary status. In this 1934 movie, she plays the richest woman in the world, undoubtedly a take-off on Barbara Hutton. Desiring to find a man who can love her for herself and not her money, she and her secretary switch identities when there's a potential suitor around.

The game gets dicey when Hopkins meets the man of her dreams, Joel McCrea, and let's face it, he was the man of many women's dreams - tall, handsome, boyish, and athletic. The story continues from there with the usual mix-ups.

As one of the posters pointed out, the secretary, played by the beautiful Fay Wray, is a married woman, which means that Hopkins is actually posing as a married woman and Wray as a single one - this is a long way of saying the film was probably released before the code hit.

Hopkins and McCrea made a good duo, and good thing, because they appeared together several times. This is a pleasant and short comedy, worth seeing for its stars and '30s ambiance.


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