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Millionaires in Prison (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 12 July 1940 (USA)
A crop of millionaire inmates struggle to get accustomed to prison life, while inmate Nick Burton watches out for everyone's interests on the inside.

Director:

Ray McCarey

Writers:

Lynn Root (screenplay), Frank Fenton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Tracy ... Nick Burton
Linda Hayes ... Helen Hewitt
Raymond Walburn ... Bruce Vander
Morgan Conway ... James Brent
Truman Bradley ... Dr. William 'Bill' Collins
Virginia Vale ... May Thomas
Cliff Edwards ... Happy
Paul Guilfoyle ... Ox
Thurston Hall ... Harold Kellogg
Chester Clute ... Sidney Keats
Shemp Howard ... Professor
Horace McMahon ... Sylvester Odgen 'SOS' Schofield (as Horace MacMahon)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Warden Tom Hammond
Elliott Sullivan Elliott Sullivan ... Tony Brody
Selmer Jackson ... Dr. Harry Lindsay
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A crop of millionaire inmates struggle to get accustomed to prison life, while inmate Nick Burton watches out for everyone's interests on the inside.

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Self-crowned king of a gray-walled world of treacherous men... He out-schemed, out-talked, out-fought them all!

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Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1940 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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R.J. Reynolds, Sunday Editor: [talking to Mike, one of his reporters] Now, Mike, here's what I want. When a millionaire goes to prison, that's news. But when five of 'em go, that's almost a social revolution. So, play it up big. Now, here, you can start in on these two. Bruce Vander and Harold Kellogg.
R.J. Reynolds, Sunday Editor: [lays out portrait photos of the two men] But use the soft pedal on them. They're a couple of nice guys. Nothing vicious about 'em at all. Their lawyers got 'em tangled up in some corporation. That's not entirely their fault. ...
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Soundtracks

Wishing (Will Make It So)
(1939)
Music and lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung a cappella by Cliff Edwards twice
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Too Silly to Work
20 June 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Millionaires in Prison (1940)

** (out of 4)

Silly "B" picture from RKO about four businessmen who go to prison for embezzlement and we see the "changes" they make while behind bars. Whenever I see a movie come up on Turner Classic Movie and it involves prison, it always gets recorded because the Golden Age of Hollywood usually delivered some pretty good prison films. Sadly, this here isn't one of the good ones despite some fine performances. The biggest problem is the screenplay, which just offers up way too many cliché moments as well as some really stupid plot twists and turns. One such moment is some comic relief when two of the men want better food to eat during their stay. Um, not funny. Another weird twist happens towards the end and involves a doctor needing to do something good but I won't spoil it for you. Again, at just 63-minutes the film seems twice as long and that's never good when you're watching a second-tier picture. The one saving grace are the fine performances scattered throughout the film. Lee Tracy is extremely good in his leading role and we get nice support from Raymond Walbum, Morgan Conway, Linda Hayes and even Shemp Howard has a nice role that you wouldn't expect to see him in. Still, MILLIONAIRES IN PRISON just doesn't have enough credibility to work.


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