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Based on a story by Robert Andrews, Robert Andrews is a multipart comedy-drama employing Paramount's top directorial and acting talents. Refusing to leave his fortune to his grasping relatives, dying millionaire Richard Bennett selects several people at random from the phone book and bestows upon each of them a check for one million dollars. The first recipient is henpecked husband Charlie Ruggles, who cheerily enters his former place of employment, a china shop, and smashes every bit of crockery in the place. Prostitute Wynne Gibson uses her money to escape from her sordid lifestyle and finally sleep in a bed all by herself. Forger George Raft finds that he can't convince anyone that his check is genuine, and ends up handing the check to a flophouse manager--who promptly burns it. Husband and wife W.C. Fields and Alison Skipworth, dismayed that their new car has been destroyed by a "road hog," utilize part of their million dollars to purchase a fleet of cars and then smash up every road hog in sight! Convicted murderer Gene Raymond hopes that his million will help finance a new trial, but the execution is carried out on schedule. Newly rich clerk Charles Laughton calmly makes his way through a series of offices, reaches his boss' desk, and delivers a loud Bronx cheer. Gary Cooper, Roscoe Karns and Jack Oakie play three brawling marines who think the check's a joke and sign it over to an illiterate lunch-counter owner. The last million-dollar recipient is May Robson, an elderly woman confined to a dismal nursing home. She spends her money to turn the home into a joyful resort for old people, forcing the formerly repressive nursing-home staffers to earn their paychecks by sitting all day in rocking chairs. The millionaire who started the plot rolling is given a new lease on life by May Robson's example, and he recovers from his "fatal" illness. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Gary Cooper
as Steven Gallagher
Charles Laughton
as The Clerk
W.C. Fields
as Rollo La Rue
Charlie Ruggles
as Henry Peabody
George Raft
as Eddie Jackson
Frances Dee
as Mary Wallace
Jack Oakie
as Mulligan
Alison Skipworth
as Emily (Katerina) La Rue
Mary Boland
as Mrs. Peabody
Roscoe Karns
as O'Brien
May Robson
as Mrs. Mary Walker
Gene Raymond
as John Wallace
Lucien Littlefield
as Zeb
Richard Bennett
as John Glidden
Hooper Atchley
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Reginald Barlow
as Glidden Employee
Harry C. Bradley
as Bank Guard
James Bush
as Teller
Wallis Clark
as Mr. Monroe
Lester Dorr
as Pedestrian
Bess Flowers
as Customer
Frank S. Hagney
as Mike, Carnival Tough
Samuel S. Hinds
as Attorney
Robert E. Homans
as Detective
Lew Kelly
as Prison Attendant
Lydia Knott
as Idylwood Resident
Marc Lawrence
as Hoodlum
Margaret Mann
as Idylwood Resident
William V. Mong
as Harry the Fence
Herbert Moulton
as Glidden Employee
Clarence Muse
as Prisoner
Russell Powell
as Bartender
Tom Ricketts
as Elderly Man
John St. Polis
Sid Saylor
as Driver
Rolfe Sedan
as Salesman
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Small
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Galloway
Larry Steers
Ernest Truex
as Mr. Brown
Morgan Wallace
as Mike, a Mobster
Emma Tansey
as Idylwood Resident
Wynne Gibson
as Violet Smith
Joyce Compton
as Marie
Irving Bacon
as Chinaware Salesman
James P. Burtis
as Jailer
Berton Churchill
as Warden
Cecil Cunningham
as Agnes
Blanche Frederici
as Head Nurse at Old Ladies' Home
Fred Kelsey
as Doctor
Grant Mitchell
as Prison Priest
Gail Patrick
as Secretary
Jack Pennick
as Sailor
Willard Robertson
as Doctor
Dewey Robinson
as Cook at Old Ladies' Home
Kent Taylor
as Bank Clerk
Frank S. Hagney
as Mike, Carnival Tough
Fred Kelsey
as Doctor
Ernest Truex
as Mr. Brown
Rolfe Sedan
as Salesman
Margaret Seddon
as Mrs. Small
Russell Powell
as Bartender
Clarence Muse
as Prisoner
Reginald Barlow
as Glidden Employee
Bess Flowers
as Customer
William V. Mong
as Harry the Fence
Willard Robertson
as Doctor
Irving Bacon
as Chinaware Salesman
James P. Burtis
as Jailer
Grant Mitchell
as Prison Priest
Hooper Atchley
as Hotel Desk Clerk
Lester Dorr
as Pedestrian
James Bush
as Teller
Dewey Robinson
as Cook at Old Ladies' Home
Joyce Compton
as Marie
Herbert Moulton
as Glidden Employee
Jack Pennick
as Sailor
Blanche Frederici
as Head Nurse at Old Ladies' Home
Lydia Knott
as Idylwood Resident
Edwin Stanley
as Mr. Galloway
Wynne Gibson
as Violet Smith
Lew Kelly
as Prison Attendant
Gail Patrick
as Secretary
Marc Lawrence
as Hoodlum
Tom Ricketts
as Elderly Man
Margaret Mann
as Idylwood Resident
Harry C. Bradley
as Bank Guard
Cecil Cunningham
as Agnes
Morgan Wallace
as Mike, a Mobster
Berton Churchill
as Warden
Sid Saylor
as Driver
Wallis Clark
as Mr. Monroe
Samuel S. Hinds
as Attorney
Emma Tansey
as Idylwood Resident
Robert E. Homans
as Detective

Crew

William Seiter
Director
Stephen R. Roberts
Director
James Cruze
Director
Lothar Mendes
Director
Ernst Lubitsch
Director
H. Bruce Humberstone
Director
Norman Z. McLeod
Director
Norman Taurog
Director
Benjamin Glazer
Producer
Ernst Lubitsch
Screenwriter
Robert Sparks
Screenwriter
Tiffany Thayer
Screenwriter
Claude Binyon
Screenwriter
Isabel Dawn
Screenwriter
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Screenwriter
Lester Cole
Screenwriter
Walter de Leon
Screenwriter
Oliver H.P. Garrett
Screenwriter
Sidney Buchman
Screenwriter
Grover Jones
Screenwriter
H. Bruce Humberstone
Screenwriter
John Bright
Screenwriter
William Slavens McNutt
Screenwriter
Seton Miller
Screenwriter
Robert D. Andrews
Screen Story
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