Millionaire Playboy (1940)

64 mins | Comedy | 15 March 1940

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Producer:

Robert Sisk

Cinematographer:

Jack MacKenzie

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of this picture was Glamour Boy . It was Joe Penner's last film for RKO. A production chart in HR adds Frank Faylen, Kathryn Adams, Beth Dynes and Helene Whitney in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A news item in HR notes that Russ Brown replaced Richard Lane in the role of Bob Norman after Lane was unable to appear because of a conflict in ... More Less

The working title of this picture was Glamour Boy . It was Joe Penner's last film for RKO. A production chart in HR adds Frank Faylen, Kathryn Adams, Beth Dynes and Helene Whitney in the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. A news item in HR notes that Russ Brown replaced Richard Lane in the role of Bob Norman after Lane was unable to appear because of a conflict in scheduling. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
24 Feb 40
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Feb 40
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jan 40
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Feb 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
29 Feb 40
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
20 Jan 40
p. 51.
Motion Picture Herald
2 Mar 40
p. 34.
New York Times
16 Mar 40
p. 8.
Variety
6 Mar 40
p. 16.
CAST
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Glamour Boy
Release Date:
15 March 1940
Production Date:
early December--December 29 1939
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
15 March 1940
Copyright Number:
LP9490
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5945
SYNOPSIS

Joe, the son of millionaire J. B. Zany, is girl shy, the victim of too much kissing in his cradle which caused him to be overcome with hiccups whenever a woman kisses him. To cure Joe of his affliction, J. B. hires Bob Norman, the head of an escort bureau, who takes the boy to a lake resort inhabited by women. To assuage Joe's fears, Bob tells him that the name of the resort is the Lifted Face Club and that all the guests are over sixty. To make sure that Joe receives ample attention from the man-hungry residents, Bob registers him as Joe Potter, the millionaire playboy. Unknown to Joe, his father has sent his flunkies, Stafford and Murphy, to buy the resort as a site for a dam, but the owner, Lois Marlow, refuses to sell. To force Lois to reconsider, Stafford and Murphy pipe strange noises through the heating system, terrifying the guests. When Joe proves that the noises are coming from Murphy's radio, he earns an embrace from Lois. The next day, Lois, Bob and the others are rehearsing a play, and when Joe watches as Lois proclaims her love for him and shoots Bob, he thinks that the action is real. After finishing rehearsal, Lois stuffs a dummy into a sack, and Joe, believing that the sack contains Bob's body, decides to save Lois by disposing of the evidence. Hitchhiking to town with the sack, Joe is mistaken for the sack murderer and cornered by the angry citizenry when Bob and Lois catch up to him and pull the dummy from the sack. Back at the lodge, Joe ... +


Joe, the son of millionaire J. B. Zany, is girl shy, the victim of too much kissing in his cradle which caused him to be overcome with hiccups whenever a woman kisses him. To cure Joe of his affliction, J. B. hires Bob Norman, the head of an escort bureau, who takes the boy to a lake resort inhabited by women. To assuage Joe's fears, Bob tells him that the name of the resort is the Lifted Face Club and that all the guests are over sixty. To make sure that Joe receives ample attention from the man-hungry residents, Bob registers him as Joe Potter, the millionaire playboy. Unknown to Joe, his father has sent his flunkies, Stafford and Murphy, to buy the resort as a site for a dam, but the owner, Lois Marlow, refuses to sell. To force Lois to reconsider, Stafford and Murphy pipe strange noises through the heating system, terrifying the guests. When Joe proves that the noises are coming from Murphy's radio, he earns an embrace from Lois. The next day, Lois, Bob and the others are rehearsing a play, and when Joe watches as Lois proclaims her love for him and shoots Bob, he thinks that the action is real. After finishing rehearsal, Lois stuffs a dummy into a sack, and Joe, believing that the sack contains Bob's body, decides to save Lois by disposing of the evidence. Hitchhiking to town with the sack, Joe is mistaken for the sack murderer and cornered by the angry citizenry when Bob and Lois catch up to him and pull the dummy from the sack. Back at the lodge, Joe realizes that Lois is the woman for him and buys up all the overdue bank notes on her property, thus saving her from bankruptcy. +

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