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Miss Tatlock's Millions (1948)

Miss Tatlock's Millions





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A woman stands to inherit a fortune if she can get all her brothers and sisters in one place...which is far more complicated than it might sound. When the Tatlocks, a very wealthy couple, suddenly and unexpectedly die, the executor of the estate informs Nan Tatlock (Wanda Hendrix) that their will stipulates that all members of the immediate family must be present at the reading in order for it to be valid. Nan immediately smells trouble, as the Tatlocks are a notoriously eccentric group of people, and as the sole "normal" member of the family, she's generally the only one who can be counted upon to arrive on schedule. As it turns out, Nan's greatest problem is rounding up her brother Skylar, who is so dizzy that he requires a full-time caregiver, Denno (Barry Fitzgerald). However, Skylar got away from Denno during a trip to Hawaii, and no one is sure where he is -- or even if he's still alive. When Nan learns that she could inherit several million dollars if she can bring her relatives together, and Skylar stubbornly refuses to materialize, the caretaker hires Burke (John Lund), a Hollywood stuntman who bears a striking resemblance to the missing man, to pose as Skylar at the reading of the will. Miss Tatlock's Millions was the first film directed by veteran British comic actor Richard Haydn, who appears in a small role under the pseudonym "Richard Rancyd." Ray Milland and noted director Mitchell Leisen also make cameo appearances.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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Written By: Charles Brackett, Richard L. Breen
Paramount Pictures


John Lund
as Burke
Wanda Hendrix
as Nan Tatlock
Barry Fitzgerald
as Denno Noonan
Monty Woolley
as Miles Tatlock
Ilka Chase
as Cassie Van Alen
Robert Stack
as Nickey Van Alen
Dorothy Stickney
as Emily Tatlock
Leif Erickson
as Dr. Mason
Dan Tobin
as Clifford Tatlock
Hilo Hattie
as Kamamamaluas
Howard Joslin
as Assistant Director
Bill Neff
as The Real Schuyler
Ray Milland
as Himself
Hugh Allen
as Bartender
Beulah Christian
as Upstairs Maid
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A weird comedy of manners in which a stuntman pretends to be the long-absent 'black sheep' son of a wealthy family in order to collect 'his' share of the inheritance. Chemistry develops between him and the sister of the guy he's pretending to be, which gives the film a weird quasi-incestuous element. That makes the film a bit uncomfortable to sit through (though definitely interesting to analyze), but there is nice snappy dialogue as well as entertaining portrayals of the selfish filthy rich people, including Monty Woolley and Robert Stack. Barry Fitzgerald is great, too, as the man guiding the protagonist. Co-written and produced by Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder's frequent collaborator, and directed by actor Richard Haydn, who makes a cameo appearance under the pseudonym 'Richard Rancyd.' Ray Milland has a brief cameo, as himself, at the start of the film.

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