Mr. Chump (1938)

60-61 mins | Comedy | 8 August 1938

Director:

William Clemens

Writer:

George Bricker

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Harold McLernon

Production Designer:

Ted Smith

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
12 Aug 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Mar 38
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Mar 38
pp. 18-19.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 38
pp. 20-21.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
9 Apr 38
p. 35.
Variety
10 Aug 38
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Contr to trmt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
SOURCES
SONGS
"As Long As You Live," words and music by Johnny Mercer, Bernie Hanighen and Charles Henderson
"It's Against the Law in Arkansas," words and music by Bernie Hanighen and Charles Henderson.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 August 1938
Production Date:
mid March--early April 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 June 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8160
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60-61
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4239
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bill Small is in love with Betty Martin, who is also loved by Jim Beldon, the manager of the local bank. Bill spends a lot of time playing the stock market on paper. He starts to explain his foolproof system to Ed Mason, Betty's brother-in-law, but is interrupted before he can tell him his secret. Because he knows that Betty wants Bill to get a steady job, Jim gives a prospective employer a bad report of Bill and he loses the job. Hurt by what she sees as Bill's lack of responsibility, Betty becomes engaged to Jim. Bill leaves town for a job as a musician with a swing band. After several months, the band returns, and Bill takes the opportunity to persuade Jim that bachelorhood is preferable to marriage. Bill then proposes to Betty, who accepts. The next morning, Bill learns that Jim and Ed have stolen money from the bank where they work and have lost it on the stock market by following Bill's scheme. Bill explains that they did not understand the correct way to use it and convinces them to take even more money. He parlays this money high enough to buy the bank, but in the end, all three men are ... +


Bill Small is in love with Betty Martin, who is also loved by Jim Beldon, the manager of the local bank. Bill spends a lot of time playing the stock market on paper. He starts to explain his foolproof system to Ed Mason, Betty's brother-in-law, but is interrupted before he can tell him his secret. Because he knows that Betty wants Bill to get a steady job, Jim gives a prospective employer a bad report of Bill and he loses the job. Hurt by what she sees as Bill's lack of responsibility, Betty becomes engaged to Jim. Bill leaves town for a job as a musician with a swing band. After several months, the band returns, and Bill takes the opportunity to persuade Jim that bachelorhood is preferable to marriage. Bill then proposes to Betty, who accepts. The next morning, Bill learns that Jim and Ed have stolen money from the bank where they work and have lost it on the stock market by following Bill's scheme. Bill explains that they did not understand the correct way to use it and convinces them to take even more money. He parlays this money high enough to buy the bank, but in the end, all three men are arrested. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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