If I Were Rich (1933)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy  |   Release Date - Oct 9, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - Belgium, UK  |  
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Businessman Edmund Gilbert Edmund Gwenn and his daughter Lilian Wendy Barrie are a well-to-do father and daughter caught in the down-draft of the British economic depression -- he's a financier without finance, and they're both struggling to put on a big front as their resources disappear. When Paul Martin (Robert Donat), a once-wealthy young man trying to survive as an employee of the gas-works, shows up to turn off their utilities, it seems like the end -- but Paul takes a fancy to Lilian and decides to leave their gas and power on. And Mr. Gilbert suddenly takes a fancy to Paul when the younger man discovers that an escaping thief who bumped into him on the underground has left $100,000 on Paul's person. Now Edmund wants the young man as his partner in a new venture, to attract other investors, and matters become more comically complicated still as the byzantine world of romance and finance intertwine.

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chance, bankruptcy, business, con/scam, downward-mobility, finances, get-rich-quick-scheme, love, poverty, riches-to-rags, romance