A Millionaire for Christy (1951)

89-91 mins | Screwball comedy | September 1951

Director:

George Marshall

Writer:

Ken Englund

Producer:

Bert Friedlob

Cinematographer:

Harry Stradling

Editor:

Daniel Mandell

Production Designer:

Boris Leven

Production Company:

Thor Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were The Golden Goose and No Room for the Groom , the latter of which was also the release title of a 1952 Universal production (see below). In Oct 1948, HR noted that independent producer John Beck had purchased Robert Harari's original screen story, entitled "The Golden Goose," for production by his company, Westwood Corp. According to a Jan 1949 HR news item, Beck assigned William Bowers to write the screenplay, but it is unlikely that Bowers contributed to the finished screenplay of A Millionaire for Christy . In Sep 1950, DV reported that Beck sold Harari's story to fellow independent producer Bert E. Friedlob.
       A Feb 1951 HR news item includes Dolores Parker in the cast, but her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, portions of the picture were filmed on location at Ocean House in Santa Monica, CA. Although an Apr 1951 HR news item speculated that RKO would "take over the bank loan and completion money" on the picture and release it instead of Twentieth Century-Fox, Fox did secure the distributing rights to the picture. In Apr 1951, DV reported that Friedlob, who still owed salary to Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker for the production, was under investigation by the Screen Actors Guild for releasing A Millionaire for Christy for television broadcast without securing royalties for the actors. The outcome of the investigation has not been ... More Less

The working titles of this film were The Golden Goose and No Room for the Groom , the latter of which was also the release title of a 1952 Universal production (see below). In Oct 1948, HR noted that independent producer John Beck had purchased Robert Harari's original screen story, entitled "The Golden Goose," for production by his company, Westwood Corp. According to a Jan 1949 HR news item, Beck assigned William Bowers to write the screenplay, but it is unlikely that Bowers contributed to the finished screenplay of A Millionaire for Christy . In Sep 1950, DV reported that Beck sold Harari's story to fellow independent producer Bert E. Friedlob.
       A Feb 1951 HR news item includes Dolores Parker in the cast, but her appearance in the completed picture has not been confirmed. According to HR news items, portions of the picture were filmed on location at Ocean House in Santa Monica, CA. Although an Apr 1951 HR news item speculated that RKO would "take over the bank loan and completion money" on the picture and release it instead of Twentieth Century-Fox, Fox did secure the distributing rights to the picture. In Apr 1951, DV reported that Friedlob, who still owed salary to Fred MacMurray and Eleanor Parker for the production, was under investigation by the Screen Actors Guild for releasing A Millionaire for Christy for television broadcast without securing royalties for the actors. The outcome of the investigation has not been determined. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Aug 1951.
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Daily Variety
27 Sep 1950.
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Daily Variety
1 Aug 51
p. 4.
Daily Variety
6 May 1954.
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Film Daily
6 Aug 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 1949.
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Hollywood Reporter
18 Jan 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 51
pp. 4-5.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Feb 51
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Apr 51
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jul 51
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Jul 51
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
18 May 1951.
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Los Angeles Times
13 Oct 1951.
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Motion Picture Daily
1 Aug 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
4 Aug 51
p. 965.
New York Times
5 Oct 51
p. 24.
Time
22 Oct 1951.
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Variety
1 Aug 51
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
Miss Parker's ward des
MUSIC
Mus comp and dir
Mus supv
Orch
SOUND
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Prod mgr
SOURCES
SONGS
"I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You," music by Victor Young, lyrics by Bing Crosby and Ned Washington.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
No Room for the Groom
The Golden Goose
Release Date:
September 1951
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Cleveland, OH: 12 September 1951
Production Date:
18 January--mid February 1951 at Motion Picture Center
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 September 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1212
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
89-91
Length(in feet):
8,192
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15230
SYNOPSIS

Legal secretary Christabel Sloane, who works in the San Francisco office of lawyer J. C. Thompson, complains about her desperate financial state to her pal, fellow secretary Patsy Clifford. When Thompson orders Christy to go to Los Angeles and inform Peter Ulysses Lockwood that his uncle in Argentina has died and left him twenty-four millon pesos, which equals two million dollars, the pragmatic Patsy advises her to romance Peter before telling him that he is a millionaire. Christy protests that she cannot become a gold digger, but Patsy's words ring in her ears as she makes the journey. Unknown to Christy, Peter is the host of the Golden State Philosopher radio show, on which he offers homilies and moral tales about sharing good fortune. On the day that Christy arrives, Peter is pre-recording ten shows, as he is about to be married to heiress June Chandler. When Christy knocks on Peter's door, she is surprised by the handsome radio host and follows Patsy's advice to swoon in his arms. Peter, who is dressed only in his tuxedo shirt and boxer shorts, is baffled by the mysterious woman's appearance and carries her to his bed. Christy "awakens" and acts seductively, but Peter, who believes that she is mentally unstable, is impervious. Just then, psychiatrist Roland Cook, who is to be Peter's best man at the wedding, despite his bitterness over losing June to Peter, enters the apartment and assumes that notorious lothario Peter is having one last fling before his marriage. While Peter is in the living room trying to explain to Cook, Christy, unaware that Peter is not listening, is in ... +


Legal secretary Christabel Sloane, who works in the San Francisco office of lawyer J. C. Thompson, complains about her desperate financial state to her pal, fellow secretary Patsy Clifford. When Thompson orders Christy to go to Los Angeles and inform Peter Ulysses Lockwood that his uncle in Argentina has died and left him twenty-four millon pesos, which equals two million dollars, the pragmatic Patsy advises her to romance Peter before telling him that he is a millionaire. Christy protests that she cannot become a gold digger, but Patsy's words ring in her ears as she makes the journey. Unknown to Christy, Peter is the host of the Golden State Philosopher radio show, on which he offers homilies and moral tales about sharing good fortune. On the day that Christy arrives, Peter is pre-recording ten shows, as he is about to be married to heiress June Chandler. When Christy knocks on Peter's door, she is surprised by the handsome radio host and follows Patsy's advice to swoon in his arms. Peter, who is dressed only in his tuxedo shirt and boxer shorts, is baffled by the mysterious woman's appearance and carries her to his bed. Christy "awakens" and acts seductively, but Peter, who believes that she is mentally unstable, is impervious. Just then, psychiatrist Roland Cook, who is to be Peter's best man at the wedding, despite his bitterness over losing June to Peter, enters the apartment and assumes that notorious lothario Peter is having one last fling before his marriage. While Peter is in the living room trying to explain to Cook, Christy, unaware that Peter is not listening, is in the bathroom explaining his inheritance. Peter and Cook then leave without Christy, although she follows them to the Chandler mansion. There, Cook refuses to be part of the wedding, and a bewildered Christy inadvertently gives the impression that she is Peter's girl friend, whom he has abandoned for June. Christy's erratic behavior and insistence that Peter has inherited a fortune in pesos convince everyone that she is unbalanced, and June calls off the wedding until Peter can clear himself. Peter takes Christy and dashes off in pursuit of Cook, who is heading to his clinic in La Jolla. Fog rolls in during the trip, and Peter drives into the ocean. The weary couple are found by a group of Mexican railroad workers, who, mistaking them for newlyweds, welcome them into their boxcar home. After enjoying a night of dancing and drinking tequila, Peter and Christy stand in the moonlight and kiss. In the morning, Peter denies his attraction to Christy and takes her to Cook, who realizes that Christy is in love with Peter. Hoping to regain June for himself, Cook conspires with Christy to perpetuate her "illness" and force Peter to humor her in order to effect a cure. After installing Christy and Peter in a nearby hotel, Cook summons June, who is enraged when Peter again succumbs to Christy's charms and kisses her passionately. Peter persuades June that he was following Cook's advice, however, and soon after, the glum Cook and Christy get drunk together in the hotel bar. Cook, who now knows the truth about Peter's inheritance, bemoans the fact that his clinic is facing financial ruin, and he and Christy approach Peter and June with a bottle of tequila and a handful of community charity pledge cards. After imbibing several drinks, Peter, still believing that he is humoring Christy, pledges his two million dollars to various La Jolla charities, including Cook's clinic. The next morning, a hungover Peter is awakened by a stream of well-wishers, all congratulating him on his generosity. Upon learning that he really did inherit the two million dollars he has given away, Peter is dumbfounded, and June angrily upbraids him. Believing that he owes Christy an apology for thinking that she was crazy, Peter follows her to a train station, where he smokes her out by throwing burning papers into the ladies room in which she is hiding. Peter declares his love for her, and the happy couple then escapes the pursuing police and reporters by jumping aboard a traincar carrying their Mexican friends. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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