The Millionaire

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Drama

An interesting comedy-drama that was remade 16 years later (and not nearly as well) as THAT WAY WITH WOMEN. Arliss is a Henry Ford type, the immensely wealthy and overworked head of his own enormous automobile company. His wife, Arliss (his real wife as well), wishes he'd slow down. Cagney, a brash, fast-talking insurance man, makes a pitch in one scene...read more

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An interesting comedy-drama that was remade 16 years later (and not nearly as well) as THAT WAY WITH WOMEN. Arliss is a Henry Ford type, the immensely wealthy and overworked head of his own enormous automobile company. His wife, Arliss (his real wife as well), wishes he'd slow down. Cagney,

a brash, fast-talking insurance man, makes a pitch in one scene for Arliss's business. The old fella is just this side of total exhaustion and considering the advice of his doctor, J.C. Nugent, to take off a half-year or find himself pushing up daisies. Cagney tells Arliss that if he stays

inactive and has no reason to get up in the morning, one day he just won't get up. Arliss can't stand not doing anything, so he masquerades as a poor man and buys a half-interest in a gas station with Manners, who just happens to be in love with Arliss' daughter, Knapp, but doesn't know that his

crotchety partner is one of the richest men around. Manners works at the station while studying architecture. Later, when Manners comes to call and asks for the hand of Knapp, he is shocked to see that his partner is her father. It's all improbable, but so what? The young lovers get together, the

old man realizes that he can be happy despite being rich, everyone winds up smiling, and, after all, how much more can be asked of a movie? The screenplay is sharp and pointed and may have sired the television show of the same name, although no credit seems to have been given to Biggers on the

program which starred Marvin Miller. Biggers is the same man who invented Charlie Chan, who first appeared in films in 1926. Simpson, a longtime pal of Arliss, usually worked in the same movies with him and this time plays the magnate's valet.

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  • Review: An interesting comedy-drama that was remade 16 years later (and not nearly as well) as THAT WAY WITH WOMEN. Arliss is a Henry Ford type, the immensely wealthy and overworked head of his own enormous automobile company. His wife, Arliss (his real wife as we… (more)

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