Pop Always Pays (1940)

65-67 mins | Comedy-drama | 21 June 1940

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Producer:

Bert Gilroy

Cinematographer:

Jack MacKenzie

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

A working title for this film was Thousand Dollar Marriage . Although HR production charts list actor Cecil Kellaway in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a HR pre-release news item, writer Charles Roberts took over direction of the film when director Les Goodwins fell ... More Less

A working title for this film was Thousand Dollar Marriage . Although HR production charts list actor Cecil Kellaway in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a HR pre-release news item, writer Charles Roberts took over direction of the film when director Les Goodwins fell ill. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
14 Jun 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Jun 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 40
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 40
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Apr 40
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
18 May 40
p. 42.
Motion Picture Herald
22 Jun 40
p. 50.
New York Times
30 Aug 40
p. 6.
Variety
19 Jun 40
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Fill-In dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Thousand Dollar Marriage
Release Date:
21 June 1940
Production Date:
14702
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
21 June 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9785
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65-67
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6241
SYNOPSIS

Businessman Henry Brewster refuses to allow his daughter Edna to marry spendthrift Jeff Thompson until the youth can save one thousand dollars. Certain that Jeff will never be able to raise the requisite amount, Henry brashly offers to match the money with an equal sum. Jeff is determined to win Edna's hand in marriage, so he begins to build up a savings account and sells his car back to the Minerva Finance Company. Mrs. Brewster, who is sympathetic to the young couple's struggle, offers to pawn her diamond bracelet and donate the money toward their goal, but Jeff and Edna refuse her help. Henry grows to regret his offer when he experiences a business slump just as Jeff's savings begin to pile up. When Henry is rejected for a loan from his bank and refuses to abide by the banker's suggestion that he merge with his competitor, Mr. Oberton, Henry resorts to desperate measures and attempts to steal his wife's diamond bracelet in the middle of the night. Henry narrowly escapes being caught by his family by pretending to have been tied up by burglars. When the police arrive, they file an attempted theft report. Later, Henry finds himself mired in more trouble when he is picked up by the police for suspiciously loitering outside a loan company. Meanwhile, Jeff has finally come up with the one thousand dollars, and when it comes time for Henry to make good on his promise, Oberton, who initially wanted to enter into a partnership with Henry because he heard of his generous offer to his daughter, calls the press and photographers to be present ... +


Businessman Henry Brewster refuses to allow his daughter Edna to marry spendthrift Jeff Thompson until the youth can save one thousand dollars. Certain that Jeff will never be able to raise the requisite amount, Henry brashly offers to match the money with an equal sum. Jeff is determined to win Edna's hand in marriage, so he begins to build up a savings account and sells his car back to the Minerva Finance Company. Mrs. Brewster, who is sympathetic to the young couple's struggle, offers to pawn her diamond bracelet and donate the money toward their goal, but Jeff and Edna refuse her help. Henry grows to regret his offer when he experiences a business slump just as Jeff's savings begin to pile up. When Henry is rejected for a loan from his bank and refuses to abide by the banker's suggestion that he merge with his competitor, Mr. Oberton, Henry resorts to desperate measures and attempts to steal his wife's diamond bracelet in the middle of the night. Henry narrowly escapes being caught by his family by pretending to have been tied up by burglars. When the police arrive, they file an attempted theft report. Later, Henry finds himself mired in more trouble when he is picked up by the police for suspiciously loitering outside a loan company. Meanwhile, Jeff has finally come up with the one thousand dollars, and when it comes time for Henry to make good on his promise, Oberton, who initially wanted to enter into a partnership with Henry because he heard of his generous offer to his daughter, calls the press and photographers to be present at the exchange. Seeing no way out, Henry writes a rubber check to the couple, who in turn sign it over to Oberton as a down payment on a cottage he offered them at a discount. Mrs. Brewster, however, saves the day by getting the check back before Mr. Oberton deposits it, and gives it back to Henry just as he is about to leave home to serve the jail sentence that he thinks he will inevitably receive for writing the bad check. +

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