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Pot O' Gold
     

Pot O' Gold

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Director: George Marshall, James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt

Cast: George Marshall, James Stewart, Paulette Goddard, Horace Heidt

 

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James Stewart once classified Pot O' Gold as his worst film, though this may have stemmed from his reported inability to get along with his costar Paulette Goddard (who is supposed to have dismissed Stewart's acting technique with a flippant "Anyone can swallow.") Inspired by the popular radio giveaway series of the same name, the film represented an ill-fated

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James Stewart once classified Pot O' Gold as his worst film, though this may have stemmed from his reported inability to get along with his costar Paulette Goddard (who is supposed to have dismissed Stewart's acting technique with a flippant "Anyone can swallow.") Inspired by the popular radio giveaway series of the same name, the film represented an ill-fated production venture for James Roosevelt, son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Stewart plays Jimmy Haskell, nephew of breakfast-food mogul C. J. Haskell (Charles Winninger). Befriending bandleader Horace Heidt (playing himself) and his orchestra members, Jimmy and his sweetheart Molly McCorkle (Paulette Goddard) tries to persuade C. J. to sponsor Heidt's radio program. The elder Haskell refuses until Jimmy and Molly's landlady mother (Mary Gordon) come up with a sure-fire "gimmick" for the program: they'll pick names from the phone book at random, call up those numbers, and give away huge prizes to whomever answers-provided that the call-ees are tuned into Heidt's show. This format worked beautifully for the real Pot O' Gold radio program, but tends to fall flat on screen, despite the energetic musical contributions of Horace Heidt and his entourage (including a very young and astonishingly articulate Art Carney, in his film debut). In England, Pot O' Gold was retitled The Golden Hour.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Jimmy Stewart was one of the screen's finest and most reliable performers, and it's the rare film that his presence doesn't redeem, but even his presence can't make Pot o' Gold anything more than barely passable. The story is just so much silliness, a very weak plot that exists to string along a few so-so musical numbers. Granted, this is often the case with musical films, but the better ones make sure that the songs are worth waiting for, that the dialogue has some snap and/or sparkle to it, and the characters are engaging. Gold is not so lucky. It doesn't even have performers with a real knack for musicals as its leads, for Stewart's voice is thin and he doesn't have the innate flair that musical performing demands. Paulette Goddard comes off a bit better musically, but she's no Ann Miller. Both Stewart and Goddard do the best they can with the dramatic demands of their parts, but there's absolutely no chemistry between them. George Marshall's direction is workmanlike but uninspired, and only one musical number -- "Broadway Cabellero" -- is staged with any real distinction.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2016
UPC:
0889290125408
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
Film Detective
Time:
1:26:00
Sales rank:
4,465

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart James Hamilton Haskel
Paulette Goddard Molly McCorkle
Horace Heidt Himself
Burgess Meredith Actor
Charles Winninger C.J. Haskell
Mary Gordon Ma McCorkle
Frank Melton Jasper
Jed Prouty Mr. Louderman
Dick Hogan Willie McCorkle
James Burke Lieutenant Grady
Charles Arnt Parks
Donna Wood Donna McCorkle
Larry Cotton Himself
William Gould Chalmers
Aldrich Bowker Judge Murray
Art Carney Actor
Edgar Dearing McGinty
James Flavin Bud Connolly
Nestor Paiva Guide
Purnell Pratt Thompson
Henry Roquemore Samson
Mary Ruth Mary Simmons
Jay Ward Boy Friend
Stan Worth Tommy

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Andrew Bennison Original Story
Monte Brice Original Story
Larry Ceballos Choreography
Walter de Leon Screenwriter
Louis Forbes Musical Direction/Supervision
Hal Mohr Cinematographer
Lloyd Nosler Editor
Hans Peters Set Decoration/Design
James Roosevelt Producer
Helen Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
William Tummel Asst. Director

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Pot O' Gold 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK it's not ''Singing In The Rain.'' What is is, is a delightful musical with a great cast a decent formula story and a bunch of really well done musical numbers. Believe it or not Jimmy really could sing. The ''When Johnny Toots His Horn'' number is wonderful and Jimmy carries it off really well. Later in the dream sequence it's obviously not his voice and yet that works too. The supporting cast includes the wonderful Charles Winninger as Jimmy's crochety uncle and the equally popular Mary Gordon, as Mrs. McCorkle. I particularly enjoyed the vocals around the McCorckle dinner table. Also look for an appearance by a group I believe was called ''The Harmonicats''. I swear Jimmy Stewart is really playing with them.