Spendthrift (1936)

77-78 or 80 mins | Comedy | 10 July 1936

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Cinematographer:

Leon Shamroy

Editor:

Robert Simpson

Production Designer:

Alexander Toluboff

Production Company:

Walter Wanger Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to a news item in HR on 28 Jan 1936, Al Santell was set to direct this film, although he was replaced by Raoul Walsh; and Horace McCoy wrote the complete screenplay for the film in one ten-hour stretch, not because he was rushed, but, reportedly, because he was just in the ... More Less

According to a news item in HR on 28 Jan 1936, Al Santell was set to direct this film, although he was replaced by Raoul Walsh; and Horace McCoy wrote the complete screenplay for the film in one ten-hour stretch, not because he was rushed, but, reportedly, because he was just in the mood. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Jun 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Jul 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jan 36
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 36
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 36
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jun 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Jun 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jun 36
p. 66.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jul 36
p. 39.
New York Times
23 Jul 36
p. 24.
Variety
29 Jul 36
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 July 1936
Production Date:
late April--mid May 1936 at General Service Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 July 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6467
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77-78 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2289
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Profligate Townsend "Towny" Middleton, once the possessor of $20,000,000, becomes a "millionaire with everything but money." In order to enter his filly "Black Mamba" in the Kentucky Derby, Towny sells his polo horses. At Churchill Downs, Towny meets bankrupt Kentucky colonel Barnaby and his gold digging daughter Sally. During the Derby, Black Mamba's jockey falls off the horse and Towny loses. After the race, creditors try to repossess Black Mamba, but her devoted trainer, Valerie "Boots" O'Connell, steals her and places her on the private train car of Towny's dyspeptic, rich uncle Morton Middleton. On the train, Sally and Towny kiss. Back in Long Island, at Towny's Greenhill Manor, they marry, and Boots's heart is broken. On their honeymoon, Sally spends $12,000 on clothes, believing Towny is still a millionaire. When he scolds her for her extravagance, she throws a tantrum and forces him to concede. Boots's father, who managed the Middleton stables for years, then dies, and Towny shortens the honeymoon to return to Boots. Again Sally cries and Towny buys her a Rolls Royce to appease her. When Boots insists on leaving Greenhill Manor, Towny gives her Black Mamba to prevent creditors from using the filly as collateral against Towny. Towny's valet, Bill, finally tells Sally she's broke, but she is counting on Black Mamba and Uncle Morton's eighty million. Colonel Barnaby then arrives at Greenhill Manor for an indefinite stay. When Sally realizes Towny loves not her, but Boots, she dismisses Towny's staff, including Bill and Boots, and Towny again acquiesces. The sheriff then forecloses on Greenhill Manor, and Boots sells Black Mamba to Uncle Morton in ... +


Profligate Townsend "Towny" Middleton, once the possessor of $20,000,000, becomes a "millionaire with everything but money." In order to enter his filly "Black Mamba" in the Kentucky Derby, Towny sells his polo horses. At Churchill Downs, Towny meets bankrupt Kentucky colonel Barnaby and his gold digging daughter Sally. During the Derby, Black Mamba's jockey falls off the horse and Towny loses. After the race, creditors try to repossess Black Mamba, but her devoted trainer, Valerie "Boots" O'Connell, steals her and places her on the private train car of Towny's dyspeptic, rich uncle Morton Middleton. On the train, Sally and Towny kiss. Back in Long Island, at Towny's Greenhill Manor, they marry, and Boots's heart is broken. On their honeymoon, Sally spends $12,000 on clothes, believing Towny is still a millionaire. When he scolds her for her extravagance, she throws a tantrum and forces him to concede. Boots's father, who managed the Middleton stables for years, then dies, and Towny shortens the honeymoon to return to Boots. Again Sally cries and Towny buys her a Rolls Royce to appease her. When Boots insists on leaving Greenhill Manor, Towny gives her Black Mamba to prevent creditors from using the filly as collateral against Towny. Towny's valet, Bill, finally tells Sally she's broke, but she is counting on Black Mamba and Uncle Morton's eighty million. Colonel Barnaby then arrives at Greenhill Manor for an indefinite stay. When Sally realizes Towny loves not her, but Boots, she dismisses Towny's staff, including Bill and Boots, and Towny again acquiesces. The sheriff then forecloses on Greenhill Manor, and Boots sells Black Mamba to Uncle Morton in order to help Towny, promising to train the horse for the next Kentucky Derby. Bill gets himself hired as Morton's health advisor and cures Morton's dispositional dyspepsia. When Barnaby and Sally go to Morton for money, Bill bugs their car and Morton overhears them saying they are waiting for him to die. After Morton buys Greenhill Manor and has Barnaby and Towny evicted, Towny becomes determined to get a job. He becomes a famous sports broadcaster and diligently saves his money. In lieu of Towny's success, the Barnabys resurface, but a wiser Towny tricks them into accepting $1,000 for a Reno divorce. Towny then broadcasts Mamba's winning race and proposes to Boots on the air. +

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