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If I Had a Million (1932)





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Based on a story by Robert Andrews, If I Had a Million is a multipart comedy-drama employing Paramount's top directorial and acting talents. Refusing to leave his fortune to his grasping relatives, dying millionaire Richard Bennett selects several people at random from the phone book and bestows upon each of them a check for one million dollars. The first recipient is henpecked husband Charlie Ruggles, who cheerily enters his former place of employment, a china shop, and smashes every bit of crockery in the place. Prostitute Wynne Gibson uses her money to escape from her sordid lifestyle and finally sleep in a bed all by herself. Forger George Raft finds that he can't convince anyone that his check is genuine, and ends up handing the check to a flophouse manager--who promptly burns it. Husband and wife W.C. Fields and Alison Skipworth, dismayed that their new car has been destroyed by a "road hog," utilize part of their million dollars to purchase a fleet of cars and then smash up every road hog in sight! Convicted murderer Gene Raymond hopes that his million will help finance a new trial, but the execution is carried out on schedule. Newly rich clerk Charles Laughton calmly makes his way through a series of offices, reaches his boss' desk, and delivers a loud Bronx cheer. Gary Cooper, Roscoe Karns and Jack Oakie play three brawling marines who think the check's a joke and sign it over to an illiterate lunch-counter owner. The last million-dollar recipient is May Robson, an elderly woman confined to a dismal nursing home. She spends her money to turn the home into a joyful resort for old people, forcing the formerly repressive nursing-home staffers to earn their paychecks by sitting all day in rocking chairs. The millionaire who started the plot rolling is given a new lease on life by May Robson's example, and he recovers from his "fatal" illness.


Gary Cooper
as Steve Gallagher
George Raft
as Eddie Jackson
Charles Laughton
as Phineas V. Lambert
W.C. Fields
as Rollo La Rue
Jack Oakie
as Mulligan
Frances Dee
as Mary Wallace
Charlie Ruggles
as Henry Peabody
Mary Boland
as Mrs. Peabody
Roscoe Karns
as O'Brien
May Robson
as Mrs. Walker
Gene Raymond
as John Wallace
Richard Bennett
as John Glidden
Grant Mitchell
as The Prison Priest
Irving Bacon
as Chinaware Salesman
Blanche Frederici
as Head Nurse at Old Ladies' Home
Dewey Robinson
as Cook at Old Ladies' Home
Gail Patrick
as Secretary
Kent Taylor
as Bank Clerk
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Galloway
Gertrude Norman
as Idylwood Resident
Ernest Truex
as Mr. Brown
Emma Tansey
as Idylwood Resident
William V. Mong
as Harry the Fence
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Small
Wallis Clark
as Mr. Monroe
Tom Kennedy
as Off./Joe, Carnival Tough
Frank S. Hagney
as Mike, Carnival Tough
Charles McMurphy
as Mike, Bank Guard
Russell Powell
as Bartender
Harry C. Bradley
as Bank Guard
Lew Kelly
as Prison Attendant
Reginald Barlow
as Glidden Employee
Clarence Muse
as Prisoner
Walter Percival
as Carnival Attendant
Russ Powell
as Bartender
Morgan Wallace
as Mike, a Mobster
Hooper Atchley
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Margaret Mann
as Idylwood Resident
Eddie Baker
as Desk Clerk
Joe Winthrop
as Idylwood Resident
Larry Steers
as Glidden Employee
John St. Polis
as Glidden Employee
Fred Santley
as Glidden Employee
Herbert Moulton
as Glidden Employee
James Bush
as Teller
Tom Ricketts
as Elderly Man
Bess Flowers
as Customer
Fred Holmes
as Store Clerk
Syd Saylor
as Driver
Rolfe Sedan
as Salesman
Lester Dorr
as Pedestrian
Lydia Knott
as Idylwood Resident
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Critic Reviews for If I Had a Million

All Critics (3)

As entertaining as it is intriguing. [Full review in Spanish]

October 6, 2020 | Full Review…

With eight directors and 17 credited writers, the results aren't exactly uniform, but they work more often than not.

July 7, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Como a maioria das antologias, o filme é irregular, merecendo destaque as histórias protagonizadas por Fields, Raft e Robson.

July 13, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for If I Had a Million


This Depression-era tale simply looks in on the lives of 6 people given a million dollars (back when it was really worth a million) and what they might do with the freedom money allows. Played mostly for comedy, it manages to deliver smiles more often than not. Three of the tales make enlightened social commentary as well, such as when a call girl gives up 'the life' Better than you might think.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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