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MOVIE #13

Kid Millions (1934)

(featuring Lucille Ball as a Goldwyn Girl)


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Brooklyn tugboat worker Eddie (Eddie Cantor), bullied and cowed by his tough-guy stepfather and stepbrothers (a la Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother), inherits $77 million from his uncle, an Egyptologist.

Con artist Dot (Ethel Merman) wants to get her lunchhooks on the money, and to this end offers herself as Eddie's adopted mother (never mind that she's nearly 20 years younger), intending to have her thuggish brother Louie (Warren Hymer) bump off our hero at the first opportunity.

The nonsensical plotline ends up with Eddie, Dot, Louie, pompous Southern colonel Larrabee (Berton Churchill), and nominal romantic leads Jerry (George Murphy in his film debut) and Jane (Ann Sothern) trapped in the palace of Arab potentate Mulhulla (Paul Harvey).

Special Notes: Lucille Ball plays a blonde Goldwyn Girl in the harem sequence. According to Ethel Merman, the film's elaborate Technicolor ice-cream factory finale, in which Eddie allows dozens of tenement kids to gorge themselves on his tasty confections, posed censorship problems; while producer Sam Goldwyn was allowed to show the little boys with comically extended stomachs, he was not permitted to do so with the little girls, for fear that the audience might think the females were pregnant!

Movie #13
Film Date: 1934

Release Date: November 10, 1934
Film Type: comedy/musical
Film Color: black/white
Studio: Samuel Goldwyn/United Artists
Film Length: 90 minutes

Director/Producer:
Roy Del Ruth (Director)
Willy Pogany (Director)
Samuel Goldwyn (Producer)

Character Role:
Lucille Ball (Goldwyn Girl) (uncredited)

Supporting Cast:
Eddie Cantor (Eddie Wilson, Jr.)
Stanley Fields (Oscar)
Ann Sothern (Joan Larrabee)
Ethel Merman (Dot Clark)
Doris Davenport (Toots)
George Murphy (Jerry Lane)
Otto Hoffman (Khoot)
Paul Harvey (Sheik Mulhulla)
Eve Sully (Fanya)
Jesse Block (Ben Ali)
Warren Hymer (Louie the Lug)
Berton Churchill (Col. Larrabee)
Art Mix
Ed Mortimer (Ship's Officer)
Clarence Muse (Col. Witherspoon)
Leonard Kibrick (Leonard)
Henry Kolker (Attorney)
Jack Kennedy (Pop)
Theodore Lorch (Native Fakir)
Ivan Linow
Bob Kortman
Caryl Lincoln
Mary Lange
Edgar Kennedy (Herman)
Jacqueline Taylor
Billy Seay
Gwen Seager
Leo Willis
Malcolm Waite
Zack Williams
Fred Warren
The Nicholas Brothers (Specialty Number)
Barbara Pepper
Wanda Perry
Edward Peil, Sr. (Assistant Bartender)
Constantine Romanoff
Mickey Rentschler
Lon Poff (Recorder)
George Regas
Bob Reeves (Trumpeteer)
Helen Wood (Goldwyn Girl)
Mary Jane Carey
Louise Carver (Native Woman)
Everett Brown (Slave)
Harry C. Bradley (Bartender)
John Collum
Lynne Carver
Steve Clemente
Mary Lou Dix
Eddie Arden (Busboy)
William Arnold (Steward)
Wally Albright (Children on Tug)
Tommy Bond (Tommy)
Irene Bentley
Matthew Beard "Stymie" (Stymie)
Bonnie Bannon
John Kelly (Adolph)
Sam Hayes (Eddie's Announcer)
Carmencita Johnson
Silver Harr
Jane Hamilton
Bobby Jordan (Tourist)
Noble Johnson (Attendant)
Tor Johnson (Torturer)
Robert Ellis (Desert Rider)
Harry Ernest (Page Boy)
Helen Ferguson
Lalo Encinas
Charles Hall (Native)
Harrison Greene (Spielers)
Budd Fine
Gail Goodson
Larry Fisher (Warrior)