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The Magnificent Fraud (1939)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 21 July 1939 (USA)
In this lively programmer a con man hires a character actor to masqueraded as the recently assassinated dictator of a tiny Latin American country so he can bilk an arriving American ambassador out of his fortune.

Director:

Robert Florey

Writers:

Gilbert Gabriel (screenplay), Walter Ferris (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Akim Tamiroff ... Jules LaCroix / President Alvarado
Lloyd Nolan ... Sam Barr
Mary Boland ... Mme. Geraldine Genet
Patricia Morison ... Claire Hill
Ralph Forbes ... Harrison Todd
Steffi Duna ... Carmelita
Ernest Cossart ... Duval
George Zucco ... Dr. Luis Virgo
Robert Warwick ... General Pablo Hernandez
Frank Reicher ... Mendietta Garcia
Robert Middlemass ... Morales
Abner Biberman ... Ruiz
Donald Gallaher ... Dr. Diaz
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maude Eburne ... Señora Moreno (scenes deleted)
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In this lively programmer a con man hires a character actor to masqueraded as the recently assassinated dictator of a tiny Latin American country so he can bilk an arriving American ambassador out of his fortune.

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caviar for His Excellency See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Remade as Moon Over Parador (1988) See more »

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The original "Moon Over Parador"
11 January 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Magnificent Fraud" was remade decades later as "Moon Over Parador" and both films are pleasant little diversions worth your time. "Moon" is a more comical version of the story and is told from the viewpoint of the actor.

Lloyd Nolan plays Sam Barr, a con man who is living in a crummy Latin American dictatorship. When the local dictator is assassinated, Barr comes up with a plan to have an actor pretend to be El Presidente in order to cheat the American ambassador as well as the people of this nation. Can the actor (Akim Tamiroff) pull it off? And, can Barr manage to do this and still maintain his cynical outlook on life? And what about the actor...what will he do now that he's the boss?

Akim Tamiroff gets a rare chance to play a leading role in a film, as usually he played more supporting roles. Here, he actually gets to play the dictator as well as the actor...and he was most enjoyable in both parts.

Overall, this is a modestly enjoyable film....one worth your time but not a comedy like the later film. If you remember this, you should enjoy it much more.


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