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Kid Millions



A Brooklyn lad (Eddie Cantor) sails to Egypt to claim his huge inheritance and becomes the target of murder plots in a fast, funny, music-filled extravaganza. Ethel Merman costars.

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Genre:   Comedy, Mystery
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Director:   Roy Del Ruth
Cast:   Eddie Cantor, Ann Sothern, Ethel Merman, George Murphy, The Goldwyn Girls
Theatrical Release Date:   11/10/1934
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Synopsis
Who’s that dodging his murderous mama, an equally murderous sheik, and the temptations of a harem full of beauties? It’s Brooklyn’s own Eddie Wilson, who comes to Egypt to claim an inheritance and finds that lots of other folks want a slice of his $77,000,000 pie. In one of his famed Samuel Goldwyn movie extravaganzas, Eddie Cantor sings, clowns and wows ‘em as Eddie. Kid Millions also boasts dynamo Ethel Merman as Eddie’s supposed mother (let’s see, Eddie’s twenty-five, she’s nineteen… hmmm), George Murphy and Ann Sothern as young lovers, and a standout Technicolor® finale. The fun is irresistible, thanks largely to Cantor’s screen charisma. “Those big rolling banjo eyes, that good-natured exuberance, that combination…of the naïve and the risqué, gave him an endearing appeal that carried him through a career of almost fifty years and is still effective today” (David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film).

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Kid Millions
 
3.6

(based on 8 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (4)
  • Classic style (3)
  • Funny (3)

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    3.0

    Paging Busby Berkeley

    By allthumbs

    from MA

    Comments about Kid Millions:

    Although this movie has its moments, it is much weaker than Cantor's previous three films (Palmy Days, Kid From Spain, and Roman Scandals) which are not yet on DVD. A large part is due to this being Cantor's first movie without Busby Berkeley. Many of the musical numbers are underdone or overdone. Merman has more of them than Cantor, which is fine if Merman is your main interest. The whole movie is an episodic hodgepodge with no real cohesion. Pray that you don't receive a defective disc, as Warner Archive customer service is awful.

     
    4.0

    Plot? Who needs a plot?

    By Chuck

    from Chapel Hill, NC

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    Pros

    • Classic
    • Entertaining

    Cons

    • Uneven

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      Comments about Kid Millions:

      If you are a fan of '30s musicals, or have a craving for old-fashioned hokum, then you will find Kid Millions a delight. Feeling not so much like a scripted movie as a sting of vaudeville skits, loosely woven together, the film stars the great Eddie Cantor doing some of his best work, plus it features a very young Ethel Merman (and look for Lucille Ball in the chorus of beautiful girls). There are some great songs as well, including a politically very incorrect minstrel number built around the classic "Mandy" in which many leggy chorus girls with tambourines back up Cantor and Merman and Ann Sothern and George Murphy and the always great Nicholas Brothers. The bizarre but delightful final number--all about kids and an ice cream factory--is a surprise in technicolor and surely must have influenced both Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T. I had a great time.

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      5.0

      Delightful Cantor and Merman. Great DVD!

      By MOVIE MAN KEV

      from Santa Monica, CA

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      Pros

      • Classic
      • Entertaining

      Cons

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        • Entertainment

        Comments about Kid Millions:

        This is a classic comedy built around Eddie Cantor's unique persona, and if you are a fan of his legacy (as I am) you will thoroughly enjoy this elaborate production. Ethel Merman, George Murphy, and Ann Sothern add extra pizzazz. Among the highlights are Cantor joining the famed Nicholas Brothers for "Mandy" and a very early use of Three-color Technicolor for the unique kid-filled finale (look for many of the Our Gang kids in this sequence). Overall quality is a big improvement over the tv and laserdisc incarnations. Nice to have this on DVD at last!

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        5.0

        Eddie Cantor's ship comes in!

        By John, the film guy

        from Pacifica, CA.

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        Pros

        • Classic
        • Engaging
        • Entertaining
        • Funny

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          • Everyone

          Comments about Kid Millions:

          Kid Millions (1930) is one of Eddie Cantor's best musicals featuring a big cast including Ethel Merman, Ann Sothern, George Murphy, the Goldwyn Girls and the very talented Nicholas Brothers.
          The songs are very tuneful. There is a big production number built around a minstrel show with the great Irving Berlin song, Mandy. The film is in glorious black & white but has a big, wonderful Technicolor musical finale. I have one minor complaint: this color segment is not as sharp as the rest of the film, but the color is beautiful.

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          5.0

          Best I Have Ever Seen It

          By TC

          from Buffalo

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          • Entertaining
          • Funny

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            • Entertainment

            Comments about Kid Millions:

            I have always enjoyed Eddie Cantor. This was the first movie I added to my permanent collection when we purchased our Beta machine in 1980. This DVD is the best quality of this movie that I have ever seen. It is great to finally see it in a pristine quality rather than dubbed from TV. My former copy was dubbed from Beta to VHS to DVD-R. This is a vast improvement. I only hope that the other Goldwyn Cantors are going to be issued.

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            3.0

            Fun Relic

            By Chuck

            from Chapel Hill, NC

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                  Comments about Kid Millions:

                  Eddie Cantor is consistently fun in this early musical. The book is silly and mostly made up of gags, but some of the musical numbers are good (although anyone who is offended by Cantor's minstrel persona will not enjoy the Mandy number). Ethel Merman is fun to watch, although she's mostly wasted as a singer and is given a good bit of slapstick comedy instead. The color section at the end is a surprise, but also very muddy and features a truly insipid song. It does, though, presage a similar scene in the 1953 film The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, as well as Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

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                  2.0

                  Mediocre Quality

                  By JJinPa

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

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                        Comments about Kid Millions:

                        Kid Millions is one of Eddie Cantor's best films. Unfortunately, the source elements for this DVD aren't good at all. The B & W that takes up most of the film is decidedly flat with little contrast. The color sequence is mushy. All in all it looks like a VHS tape-----and not even a good one at that.

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                        2.0

                        Second-Tier Cantor

                        By AndyG

                        from Chesterfield, VA

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                        Pros

                        • Funny

                        Cons

                        • Slow

                        Best Uses

                        • Entertainment

                        Comments about Kid Millions:

                        Eddie Cantor is, as always, peppy and endearing. Unfortunately, the screenplay is little more than a long, long string of the same gags. Too much of anything--even Cantor--is too much.

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