Kid Millions (1934)

90 mins | Comedy | 10 November 1934

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Producer:

Samuel Goldwyn

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Editor:

Stuart Heisler

Production Designer:

Richard Day

Production Company:

Howard Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to news items in DV this film was in preparation for more than a year when it began production on 16 Jul 1934, and was partially filmed on location in Yuma, AR. The Technicolor "Ice Cream Fantasy," sequence which, according to news items was the last sequence of the picture filmed, was the first Goldwyn venture into color films. The song "Mandy" was originally written by Iirving Berlin for his 1918 Broadway musical play Yip Yip Yaphank . The song subsequently became one of Eddie Cantor's trademark numbers on stage and on the radio. The film marked the screen debuts of the vaudeville comedy team of Eve Sully and Jesse Block. Kid Millions marked the feature film debut of George Murphy. Modern sources note that Doris Davenport, who portrayed "Toots" in the film, also appeared in one production number as a "Goldwyn Girl" before being cast as the ingenue, and Paulette Goddard appeared as an extra in the ... More Less

According to news items in DV this film was in preparation for more than a year when it began production on 16 Jul 1934, and was partially filmed on location in Yuma, AR. The Technicolor "Ice Cream Fantasy," sequence which, according to news items was the last sequence of the picture filmed, was the first Goldwyn venture into color films. The song "Mandy" was originally written by Iirving Berlin for his 1918 Broadway musical play Yip Yip Yaphank . The song subsequently became one of Eddie Cantor's trademark numbers on stage and on the radio. The film marked the screen debuts of the vaudeville comedy team of Eve Sully and Jesse Block. Kid Millions marked the feature film debut of George Murphy. Modern sources note that Doris Davenport, who portrayed "Toots" in the film, also appeared in one production number as a "Goldwyn Girl" before being cast as the ingenue, and Paulette Goddard appeared as an extra in the film. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Jul 34
p. 1.
Daily Variety
17 Jul 34
p. 3.
Daily Variety
5 Sep 34
p. 1.
Daily Variety
15 Oct 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
17 Oct 34
p. 3
HF
21 Jul 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 34
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 Sep 34
p. 2.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Oct 34
p. 40.
New York Times
12 Nov 34
p. 17.
Variety
13 Nov 34
p. 15.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Harry Ernst
Bud Fine
Carmencita Johnson
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2d unit dir
Asst dir
Technicolor seq dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Orig scr and story
Orig scr and story
Orig scr and story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Col photog
Spec eff
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus dir
Piano numbers pres by
Piano numbers pres by
DANCE
Mus numbers dir by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Mandy," music and lyrics by Irving Berlin
"An Earful of Music," "When My Ship Comes In," "Your Head on My Shoulder," "I Want to Be a Minstrel Man," "Okay Toots" and "Ice Cream Fantasy," music and lyrics by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn, Burton Lane and Harold Adamson.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 November 1934
Production Date:
16 July--4 September 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Samuel Goldwyn, Inc.
Copyright Date:
8 December 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5152
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
321
SYNOPSIS

When Egyptologist Edward Grant Wilson dies, his seventy-seven million dollar fortune is supposed to go to his long-lost son Eddie, but others are eager to have it for themselves. Eddie, who has been living on a barge, is sent to Egypt on an ocean liner to claim his inheritance, leaving his sweetheart Nora, whom he lovingly calls "Toots." Also on board the ship, however, are his father's common law wife and her boyfriend Louis, who want to murder Eddie for the money, and Colonol Harry Larrabee, whose foundation claims the valuable treasure that Wilson found. Nothing goes right for Louis and Mrs. Wilson, Sr. who convinces the gullible Eddie that she is his "Mama," even though she is nineteen and he is twenty-five. Colonel Larrabee's claim is declared invalid when Gerald Lane, his neice Joan's fiancé, reveals that Wilson had never received financial support from the foundation. When they arrive in Egypt, Eddie saves the Princess Fanya from a barking dog, which she thinks is a bear, and she falls in love with him. She takes him home to her father, Sheik Mulhulla, who coincidentally is planning to kill whomever claims the treasure. Life in a harem proves too much for Eddie, who wants to remain loyal to Toots. He is further distressed when Joan, the colonel, Jerry, Mama and Louis are captured. Because they have grown fond of Eddie, they all deny that he is Wilson, Jr., hoping to save his life. When his identity is confirmed by the perplexed Eddie himself, though, the sheik decides to boil him in oil. Fanya saves him by telling Mulhulla that Eddie ... +


When Egyptologist Edward Grant Wilson dies, his seventy-seven million dollar fortune is supposed to go to his long-lost son Eddie, but others are eager to have it for themselves. Eddie, who has been living on a barge, is sent to Egypt on an ocean liner to claim his inheritance, leaving his sweetheart Nora, whom he lovingly calls "Toots." Also on board the ship, however, are his father's common law wife and her boyfriend Louis, who want to murder Eddie for the money, and Colonol Harry Larrabee, whose foundation claims the valuable treasure that Wilson found. Nothing goes right for Louis and Mrs. Wilson, Sr. who convinces the gullible Eddie that she is his "Mama," even though she is nineteen and he is twenty-five. Colonel Larrabee's claim is declared invalid when Gerald Lane, his neice Joan's fiancé, reveals that Wilson had never received financial support from the foundation. When they arrive in Egypt, Eddie saves the Princess Fanya from a barking dog, which she thinks is a bear, and she falls in love with him. She takes him home to her father, Sheik Mulhulla, who coincidentally is planning to kill whomever claims the treasure. Life in a harem proves too much for Eddie, who wants to remain loyal to Toots. He is further distressed when Joan, the colonel, Jerry, Mama and Louis are captured. Because they have grown fond of Eddie, they all deny that he is Wilson, Jr., hoping to save his life. When his identity is confirmed by the perplexed Eddie himself, though, the sheik decides to boil him in oil. Fanya saves him by telling Mulhulla that Eddie has committed Tramofatch, kissing her on a camel, and therefore must marry her. Eddie, however, thinks death would be better than marrying Fanya. He finds a way out when Ben Ali, who really loves Fanya, helps him escape in a plane. After a rough flight across the Atlantic, Eddie arrives in New York and finally realizes his dream of opening up a free ice cream factory for children. He is assisted by Mama, Louis and Toots. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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