Kid Millions

Overview

Brooklyn tugboat worker Eddie Eddie Cantor, bullied and cowed by his tough-guy stepfather and stepbrothers a la Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother, inherits $77 million from his uncle, an Egyptologist. Con artist Dot Ethel Merman wants to get her lunchhooks on the money, and to this end offers herself as Eddie's adopted mother never mind that she's nearly 20 years younger, intending to have her thuggish brother Louie Warren Hymer bump off our hero at the first opportunity. The nonsensical plotline ends up with Eddie,...
See more details below
DVD (Pan & Scan)
$21.99
BN.com price
Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (7) from $14.17   
  • New (7) from $14.17   
Note: This product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. This disc is expected to play back in DVD Video "play only" devices and may not play back in other DVD devices including recorders and PC drives.

Overview

Brooklyn tugboat worker Eddie Eddie Cantor, bullied and cowed by his tough-guy stepfather and stepbrothers a la Harold Lloyd's The Kid Brother, inherits $77 million from his uncle, an Egyptologist. Con artist Dot Ethel Merman wants to get her lunchhooks on the money, and to this end offers herself as Eddie's adopted mother never mind that she's nearly 20 years younger, intending to have her thuggish brother Louie Warren Hymer bump off our hero at the first opportunity. The nonsensical plotline ends up with Eddie, Dot, Louie, pompous Southern colonel Larrabee Berton Churchill, and nominal romantic leads Jerry George Murphy in his film debut and Jane Ann Sothern trapped in the palace of Arab potentate Mulhulla Paul Harvey. The better-than-average comic banter includes some funny bits between Cantor and Eve Sully, of the comedy team of "Block and Sully" her husband-partner Jesse Block is also in the picture, but just barely. Spotted among the featured players in Kid Millions are such "Our Gang" members as Stymie Beard, Scotty Beckett and Tommy Bond, and there's a specialty by the Nicholas Brothers during Cantor's obligatory "blackface" number; and yes, that's Lucille Ball as a blonde Goldwyn Girl in the harem sequence. PS: According to Ethel Merman, the film's elaborate Technicolor ice-cream factory finale, in which Eddie allows dozens of tenement kids to gorge themselves on his tasty confections, posed censorship problems: while producer Sam Goldwyn was allowed to show the little boys with comically extended stomachs, he was not permitted to do so with the little girls, for fear that the audience might think the female moppets were pregnant!
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Stage and radio comic Eddie Cantor found a welcome home on the silver screen in the 1930s, but his films haven't proven as timeless as the best of other comic talents like the Marx Brothers or W.C. Fields. Still, his films tend to offer more than a fair share of delights and Kid Millions is a lot of fun, even if it's dated and titanically inconsequential. The script is sheer folderol, a coat rack on which to hang a number of jokes (some unbearably corny), vaudeville routines, physical schticks, and musical numbers. The script is so unimportant that the conflict involving juvenile George Murphy and ingénue (!) Ann Sothern is simply dropped without resolution and a minstrel show and the yummy Technicolor ending are shoehorned in with neither rhyme nor reason. Fortunately, Cantor and company provide enough entertainment to make up for the inferior material. Cantor is not to everyone's taste, especially when he dons blackface (as he habitually does), but his spirited milquetoast persona served him well and he has an undeniably engaging presence and an unerring delivery. He's joined by a cast that's almost all aces: In addition to Sothern and Murphy, Ethel Merman is on hand to sock across some songs, Eve Sully to knock off some jokes, and some very young Nicholas Brothers to provide fancy footwork. Seymour Felix's choreography tries very hard to emulate Busby Berkeley; it doesn't come close, but it's more than adequate and the bizarre finale is definitely a treat. Put together with spit and glue, Kid Millions is not great filmmaking, but -- blackface aside -- it's quite entertaining.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2013
  • UPC: 883316737132
  • Original Release: 1934
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,020

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eddie Cantor Eddie Wilson, Jr.
Stanley Fields Oscar
Ann Sothern Joan Larrabee
Ethel Merman Dot Clark
Otto Hoffman Khoot
Paul Harvey Sheik Mulhulla
George Murphy Jerry Lane
Eve Sully Fanya
Doris Davenport Toots
Warren Hymer Louie the Lug
Jesse Block Ben Ali
Berton Churchill Col. Larrabee
Art Mix
Ed Mortimer Ship's Officer
Clarence Muse Col. Witherspoon
Leonard Kibrick Leonard
Henry Kolker Attorney
Jack Kennedy Pop
Theodore Lorch Native Fakir
Ivan Linow
Bob Kortman
Caryl Lincoln
Mary Lange
Edgar Kennedy Herman
Jacqueline Taylor
Guy Usher William Slade
Billy Seay
Gwen Seager
Leo Willis
Malcolm Waite
Zack Williams
Fred Warren
The Nicholas Brothers Specialty Number
Barbara Pepper
Wanda Perry
Edward Peil Sr. Assistant Bartender
Constantine Romanoff
Mickey Rentschler
Lon Poff Recorder
George Regas
Bob Reeves Trumpeteer
Helen Wood 1934 Goldwyn Girl
Mary Jane Carey
Louise Carver Native Woman
Everett Brown Slave
Harry C. Bradley Bartender
Steve Clemente
John Collum
Lynne Carver
Mary Lou Dix
Eddie Arden Busboy
William Arnold Steward
Wally Albright Children on Tug
Tommy Bond Tommy
Irene Bentley
Lucille Ball A 1934 Goidwyn Girl
Matthew "Stymie" Beard Stymie
Bonnie Bannon
John Kelly Adolph
Sam Hayes Eddie's Announcer
Carmencita Johnson
Silver Harr
Jane Hamilton
Bobby Jordan Tourist
Noble Johnson Attendant
Tor Johnson Torturer
Robert Ellis Desert Rider
Harry Ernest Page Boy
Helen Ferguson
Lalo Encinas
Charlie Hall Native
Harrison Greene Spielers
Budd Fine
Gail Goodson
Larry Fisher Warrior
Technical Credits
Willy Pogany Director
Roy Del Ruth Director
Richard Day Art Director
Seymour Felix Choreography
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Stuart Heisler Editor
Nunnally Johnson Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Nat Perrin Screenwriter
Ray Rennahan Cinematographer
Arthur Sheekman Screenwriter
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kid Millions
1. Chapter 1 [1:08]
2. Chapter 2 [4:27]
3. Chapter 3 [2:52]
4. Chapter 4 [11:14]
5. Chapter 5 [6:09]
6. Chapter 6 [5:11]
7. Chapter 7 [7:04]
8. Chapter 8 [11:08]
9. Chapter 9 [13:50]
10. Chapter 10 [3:09]
11. Chapter 11 [3:53]
12. Chapter 12 [10:36]
13. Chapter 13 [2:17]
14. Chapter 14 [6:58]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- Kid Millions
   Play Movie
   Chapters
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously