Thanks A Million

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical, Political

A fast-paced, funny musical satire on politics stars Powell as the lead in a group of traveling singers and introduces the now-classic song "Happy Days Are Here Again." Allen, as Powell's wiley manager, makes a successful transition here from radio to movies but, sadly, never fully exploited it later on. The story has Allen pushing Powell into becoming...read more

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A fast-paced, funny musical satire on politics stars Powell as the lead in a group of traveling singers and introduces the now-classic song "Happy Days Are Here Again." Allen, as Powell's wiley manager, makes a successful transition here from radio to movies but, sadly, never fully

exploited it later on. The story has Allen pushing Powell into becoming a candidate for the governor of Pennsylvania when the party hopeful turns out to be a hopeless drunk. Though Powell has absolutely no interest or experience in politics, the party loves him because he has a dynamic personality

and is good with crowds. Unfortunately all this politicking ruins his relationship with Dvorak, and eventually Powell is fed up with the charade. When he learns that powerful members of the party are nothing more than crooks, he blows the whistle on their activities and, to everyone's surprise,

wins the election. To prove to Dvorak that he still loves her, he quits his office, only to find that the voters, and even Dvorak, want him to stay. A well-written, funny, and insightful script by Nunnally Johnson combined with good performances from Powell and especially Allen makes for an

entertaining film. Remade in 1946 as IF I'M LUCKY. Songs include: "Thanks a Million," "I'm Sitting High on a Hilltop," "I've Got a Pocketful of Sunshine" (Gus Kahn, Arthur Johnston, sung by Powell), "Sugar Plum" (Kahn, Johnston, sung by Dvorak, Kelly), "New O'leans" (Kahn, Johnston, sung by

Whiteman's King's Men and Ramona), "Sing, Brother," "The Square Deal Party" (Kahn, Johnston), "Happy Days Are Here Again" (Jack Yellen, Milton Ager), and "NRA-ABC" (sung by the Yacht Club Boys).

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