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Double Dynamite (It's Only Money) (1951)





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One man's good luck leaves a very bad impression in this comedy. Johnny Dalton (Frank Sinatra) and Mildred Goodhug (Jane Russell) are two tellers working at the same bank who have fallen in love and want to get married. However, neither is making much money, and Johnny doesn't want to set a date until he has some savings in the bank. Emil J. Keck (Groucho Marx), a pal of Johnny's who waits tables at a diner, suggests that it can't be that difficult to "find" some money in a bank, but Johnny prefers to stay on the straight and narrow. However, Johnny enjoys a sudden windfall after he happens upon "Hot Horse" Harris (Nestor Paiva), a racetrack tout being beaten up by ne'er-do-wells, and breaks up the fight. Grateful Harris places a bet on a "can't lose" horse in Johnny's name, and suddenly Johnny is $60,000 richer. But before Johnny and Mildred can enjoy their good fortune, word leaks out that someone has embezzled $70,000 from the bank, and the suddenly prosperous Johnny seems a likely suspect. Double Dynamite was produced under Howard Hughes' supervision at RKO, but bad blood between Hughes and Sinatra led to "Ol' Blue Eyes" receiving third billing for the film's leading role; the film also spent over a year on the shelf before finally hitting theaters.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Melville Shavelson, Harry Crane
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 13, 2008
Warner Home Video


Frank Sinatra
as Johnny Dalton
Groucho Marx
as Emile J. Keck
Jane Russell
as Mildred 'Mibs' Goodh...
Don McGuire
as R.B. Pulsifer Jr.
Howard Freeman
as R.B. Pulsifer Sr.
Harry Hayden
as J.L. McKissack
Nestor Paiva
as `Hot Horse' Harris
Joe Devlin
as Frankie-Boy
Frank Orth
as Mr. Kofer
William Edmunds
as Baganucci
Charles Coleman
as Santa Claus
Ida Moore
as Little old lady
Hal K. Dawson
as Mr. Hartman
George Chandler
as Messenger
Jean De Briac
as Maitre D'
Benny Burt
as Waiter
Billy Snyder
as Wire Service Man
Claire Du Brey
as Hatchet-Faced Lady
Virgil Johanson
as Santa Claus
Al Murphy
as Waiter
Jim Nolan
as Detective
Lee Phelps
as Detective
Lillian West
as Hotel Maid
Harry Seymour
as Police Sergeant
Harold Goodwin
as Lieutenant
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All Critics (1)

Only bearable because of a few trademark Groucho Marx quips.

Full Review… | June 22, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Double Dynamite (It's Only Money)

A hilarious movie with great actors. I wish Groucho had done more movies like this one. Anyway, check it out, it's a good movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Lame comedy made when Sinatra was at a low point. Jane, saddled with an unattractive hairdo and apparently directed to act like a fool and speak in a voice a few octaves higher then her own was just starting out and hadn't blossomed into the great broad she became a few years down the road.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


As for as old movies go, this one is just okay. Groucho is funny as always and the unusual pairing with Sinatra works fairly well for the most part. I didn't like Russell very much though. She just seemed very slow most of the time. I don't know if that's her character or how she acted in everything, but I just didn't like her.
And the main title has nothing to do with the movie (just some of Russell's own "assets"), so they should have stuck with the secondary title. There are a few chuckles in the movie though and most of them come from Groucho as always, with the best joke pointed at Sinatra.
If they cut out everything, but the scenes with Groucho, then you'd have a short movie worth watching worth at least a couple laughs.

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