Kid Millions (1934)





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Brooklyn tugboat worker Eddie (Eddie Cantor), bullied and cowed by his tough-guy stepfather and stepbrothers (a la Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother), inherits $77 million from his uncle, an Egyptologist. Con artist Dot (Ethel Merman) wants to get her lunchhooks on the money, and to this end offers herself as Eddie's adopted mother (never mind that she's nearly 20 years younger), intending to have her thuggish brother Louie (Warren Hymer) bump off our hero at the first opportunity. The nonsensical plotline ends up with Eddie, Dot, Louie, pompous Southern colonel Larrabee (Berton Churchill), and nominal romantic leads Jerry (George Murphy in his film debut) and Jane (Ann Sothern) trapped in the palace of Arab potentate Mulhulla (Paul Harvey). The better-than-average comic banter includes some funny bits between Cantor and Eve Sully, of the comedy team of "Block and Sully" (her husband-partner Jesse Block is also in the picture, but just barely). Spotted among the featured players in Kid Millions are such "Our Gang" members as Stymie Beard, Scotty Beckett and Tommy Bond, and there's a specialty by the Nicholas Brothers during Cantor's obligatory "blackface" number; and yes, that's Lucille Ball as a blonde Goldwyn Girl in the harem sequence. PS: According to Ethel Merman, the film's elaborate Technicolor ice-cream factory finale, in which Eddie allows dozens of tenement kids to gorge themselves on his tasty confections, posed censorship problems: while producer Sam Goldwyn was allowed to show the little boys with comically extended stomachs, he was not permitted to do so with the little girls, for fear that the audience might think the female moppets were pregnant!
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Eddie Cantor
as Eddie Wilson Jr.
Ann Sothern
as Joan Larrabee
Ethel Merman
as Dot Clark
George Murphy
as Jerry Lane
Jesse Block
as Ben Ali
Eve Sully
as Fanya
Berton Churchill
as Col. Larrabee
Warren Hymer
as Louie the Lug
Paul Harvey
as Sheik Mulhulla
Edgar Kennedy
as Herman
John Kelly
as Adolph
Guy Usher
as William Slade
Henry Kolker
as Attorney
Tommy Bond
as Tommy
William Arnold
as Steward
Harry C. Bradley
as Bartender
Edward Peil Sr.
as Assistant Bartender
Harry Ernest
as Page Boy
Eddie Arden
as Busboy
Ed Mortimer
as Ship's Officer
Fred Warren
as Spieler
George Regas
as Attendant
Noble Johnson
as Attendant
Lon Poff
as Recorder
Tor Johnson
as Torturer
Ivan Linow
as Warrior
Helen Wood
as 1934 Goldwyn Girl
Lalo Encinas
as Warrior
Budd Fine
as Warrior
Leo Willis
as Warrior
Larry Fisher
as Warrior
Sam Hayes
as Eddie's Announcer
Malcolm Waite
as Trumpeteer
Bob Reeves
as Trumpeteer
Clarence Muse
as Col. Witherspoon
Steve Clemente
as Desert Rider
Art Mix
as Desert Rider
Silver Harr
as Desert Rider
Wally Albright
as Children on Tug
M. Rourie
as Desert Rider
Bob Kortman
as Desert Rider
Robert Ellis
as Desert Rider
Lucille Ball
as A 1934 Goidwyn Girl
Louise Carver
as Native Woman
Theodore Lorch
as Native Fakir
Bobbie La Manche
as Native Boy
Bobby Jordan
as Tourist
J. Macher
as Native
John Dowd
as Native
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