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The Jackpot (1950)





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The Jackpot is a generally pleasing satire of quiz programs. James Stewart stars as Bill Lawrence, an average Joe who picks up the phone one day, answers a simple question, and suddenly finds himself the recipient of a radio quiz-show jackpot. Tons of prizes are shipped to Lawrence's house, to the delight of his wife Amy (Barbara Hale) and his kids. Unfortunately, the Lawrences must now contend with the income tax folks, who levy huge tariffs on their "free" prizes. Complications begin piling up with dizzying rapidity, resulting in a night in the hoosegow for the befuddled Mr. Lawrence. Featured in The Jackpot as the Lawrence children are a couple of stars-in-the-making: Natalie Wood and Tommy Rettig.


James Stewart
as Bill Lawrence
Barbara Hale
as Amy Lawrence
James Gleason
as Harry Summers
Natalie Wood
as Phyllis Lawrence
Fred Clark
as Mr. Woodruff
Patricia Medina
as Hilda Jones
Tommy Rettig
as Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist
as Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot
as Fred Burns
Bigelow Sayre
as Capt. Sullivan
Dick Cogan
as Mr. Brown
Jewel Rose
as Mrs. Brown
Eddie Firestone
as Mr. McDougall
Estelle Etterre
as Mrs. McDougall
Claude Stroud
as Herman Wertheim
Caryl Lincoln
as Susan Wertheim
Valerie Mark
as Mary Vogel
Joan Miller
as Mabel Spooner
Walter S. Baldwin
as Watch Buyer
Syd Saylor
as Ernie the Mailman
John Qualen
as Mr. Ferguson
Fritz Feld
as Long-Haired Pianist
Kathryn Sheldon
as Mrs. Simpkins
Kathrun Sheldon
as Mrs. Simpkins
Robert Dudley
as Mr. Simpkins
Billy Wayne
as Photographer
Minerva Urecal
as Strange Woman
Milton Parsons
as Piano Player
Kim Spalding
as Mr. Dexter
Dulce Daye
as Mrs. Dexter
Andrew Tombes
as Pritchett
Marjorie Holliday
as Telephone Operator
Carol Savage
as Telephone Operator
June Evans
as Washerwoman
Harry Hines
as Elevator Man
Ann Doran
as Miss Bowen
Jerry Hausner
as Al Stern
Billy Lechner
as Johnny the Office Boy
Sam Edwards
as Parking Lot Attendant
George Conrad
as Parking Lot Attendant
Jay Barney
as Detective
Jack Mather
as Detective
John Roy
as Policeman
Peggy O'Connor
as Salesgirl
Jack Roper
as Moving Man
Dick Curtis
as Moving Man
Guy Way
as Moving Man
Franklin Parker
as Poker Player
John Bleifer
as Bald Man
Billy Nelson
as Truck Driver
Philip Van Zandt
as Flick Morgan
Frances Budd
as Saleslady
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Nowadays nobody savvy wants a prize when you can simply get the money, but back in the day you had to settle for the promotion the companies were actually purchasing when they gave out "free" prizes. So it is that a typical American family wins a $24,000 contest WORTH OF PRIZES and the film becomes about how the just-getting-along clan deals with all of their newfound swag. Better than a cookie cutter comedy, penned by the parents of Nora and Delia Ephron no less, and comfortably helmed by Stewart and Hale, its an easy pass of your time. Interestingly Stewart cheats to win the prize initially and nada is said further about America's boy hero cutting corners.

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