Once in a Million (1936)

Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Mary Brian, who'd previously co-starred in several Hollywood silent pictures, were reteamed in the British comedy Once in a Million. The all-American Rogers is somewhat unconvincingly cast as Pierre, a Parisian clerk who is reluctantly entrusted with five million francs. To avoid attracting attention with so large a sum, he checks into a fancy hotel and places the money in the hotel safe. Dressmaker's assistant Suzanne (Brian) notices Pierre -- and his money -- in the lobby and assumes that he's a millionaire. Hoping to strike up an acquaintance, she pretends to be wealthy herself, whereupon the misunderstandings begin piling up like cord-wood. The cliched aspects of One in a Million can be forgiven in the light of its truly surprising finale.

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clerk, con/scam, marriage, millionaire, mistaken-identity, romance, seduction