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The Match King (1932)

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The Match King was inspired by the checkered career of entrepreneur Ivar Krueger. Warren William plays a Krueger-like businessman who takes over a bankrupt Swedish match factory, then lies his way into getting corporate backing for the operation. With little regard for ethics, William purchases all existing match patents, ultimately monopolizing the industry. Ruining lives and breaking laws all over Europe, William is himself emotionally devastated when betrayed by a glamorous actress (Lily Damita). Shortly afterward, William's business empire crumbles during the worldwide Depression, and the onetime Match King commits suicide.

Cast

Warren William
as Paul Kroll
Lili Damita
as Marta Molnar
Harold Huber
as Scarlatti
John Wray
as Foreman
Hardie Albright
as Erik Borg
Claire Dodd
as Ilse Wagner
Alan Hale
as Borglund
Edmund Breese
as Christofsen
George Meeker
as Erickson
Bodil Rosing
as Frau Necher
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