Spendthrift (1936)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Spendthrift gives the modern viewer a pretty good idea how Hollywood planned to "mold" the image of new star Henry Fonda. The Lanky One is cast as a profligate, polo-playing playboy, married to a beautiful but superficial heiress (Mary Brian). They divorce, and the wife gets all the money. But the humbled (and impoverished) Fonda finds true love in the arms of Pat Paterson, who cares nothing for material things. So obscure is this screwball comedy that, when Henry Fonda passed away in 1982 and newspapers printed the list of his films, some people thought that Spendthrift was the working title for a more famous film--or that it had never really been filmed at all!

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fortune [wealth], millionaire, playboy, fortune-hunter, greed, riches-to-rags, radio, romance, sportscaster