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50 Million Frenchmen (1931)

Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Herbert Fields (based on the play by), E. Ray Goetz (based on the play by) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ole Olsen ... Simon Johanssen (as Olsen)
Chic Johnson ... Peter Swanson (as Johnson)
William Gaxton ... Jack Forbes
Helen Broderick ... Violet
John Halliday ... Michael Cummins
Claudia Dell ... Lu Lu Carroll
Lester Crawford Lester Crawford ... Billy Baxter
Evalyn Knapp ... Miss Wheeler-Smith
Charles Judels ... Pernasse - Hotel Manager
Carmelita Geraghty ... Marcelle Dubrey
Vera Gordon ... Jewish Tourist's Wife
Nat Carr ... Jewish Tourist
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Independently wealthy American Jack Forbes has just arrived in Paris. Because of his wealth, he can have any woman on his arms. Currently that role is filled by Marcelle Dubrey, but Jack ditches her when he spots the woman of his dreams. When Jack tells his equally wealthy friend Michael Cummins that he will marry that mystery woman, Michael, upon learning that that woman is Lu Lu Carroll who he too has been trying to court, bets Jack $50,000 that he can't give up all his money and get engaged to her within two weeks. Jack accepts the bet as Mike strips him of his money. Jack has to try and meet and woo her all without doing anything with her that requires money, all the while trying to hide the fact that he has no money as he tries to earn some using whatever limited job skills he has at hand. Meanwhile, Mike hires a couple of American detectives, Simon Johanssen and Peter Swanson, to tail Jack to ensure that he keeps to the rules of the bet, but also to thwart Jack's attempts with ... Written by Huggo

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

14 February 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nancy from Naples See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Black and White (TV prints)| Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This was completed in 1930, but not released until 1931, after most of the songs had been removed. See more »

Quotes

Simon Johanssen: Well, what can we do for you today?
A Scotsman: How much do you charge for a ticket to Edinburgh?
Peter Swanson: To where?
A Scotsman: To Edinburgh.
Peter Swanson: [they put him on the weighing scales] Two hundred and fifty dollars.
A Scotsman: [outraged] Two hundred and fifty dollars?
Peter Swanson: Two hundred and fifty dollars.
A Scotsman: Hoots, mon!
Peter Swanson: He's got owl blood in him!
A Scotsman: How much do you charge for shipping a dead man?
[...]
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Connections

References The Man Who Laughs (1928) See more »

Soundtracks

You Remind Me Of My Mother
(1922) (uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan
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A zany madcap farce with the boys on the loose in France.
7 April 1999 | by thor-28See all my reviews

Fifty Million Frenchmen is a zany madcap farce with the boys on the loose in France. This Pre-Code comedy has some daring moments (Olsen & Johnson wickedly rummaging through lady's lingerie) and a real vaudeville feel to the humor. Olsen & Johnson are one of the most underrated and little known comedy teams of the 1930's and 1940's and this is a darn shame. Personally, I think their best work, in films like HELLZAPOPPIN' and CRAZY HOUSE, are far funnier than better known comedy duos like Abbott & Costello. Look for Bela Lugosi in a small cameo as a sinister swami who falls afoul of the boy's slapstick antics.


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