Jackpot

The Jackpot

Director: Walter Lang

Cast: James Stewart, Barbara Hale, Natalie Wood

     
 

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The Jackpot is a generally pleasing satire of quiz programs. James Stewart stars as Bill Lawrence, an average Joe who picks up the phone one day, answers a simple question, and suddenly finds himself the recipient of a radio quiz-show jackpot. Tons of prizes are shipped to Lawrence's house, to the delight of his wife Amy (Barbara

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The Jackpot is a generally pleasing satire of quiz programs. James Stewart stars as Bill Lawrence, an average Joe who picks up the phone one day, answers a simple question, and suddenly finds himself the recipient of a radio quiz-show jackpot. Tons of prizes are shipped to Lawrence's house, to the delight of his wife Amy (Barbara Hale) and his kids. Unfortunately, the Lawrences must now contend with the income tax folks, who levy huge tariffs on their "free" prizes. Complications begin piling up with dizzying rapidity, resulting in a night in the hoosegow for the befuddled Mr. Lawrence. Featured in The Jackpot as the Lawrence children are a couple of stars-in-the-making: Natalie Wood and Tommy Rettig.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Jackpot is a genial enough comedy, but not an especially distinguished one. Indeed, in some ways it feels like an episode from some long lost TV sitcom; indeed Jackpot would be a better piece of entertainment all around if its length were a bit closer to that of the average sitcom, as it tends to wear out its welcome at its current length. That's not because director Walter Lang doesn't do his best to keep things moving at a fast clip; the speed is there, but it's masking a repetitiveness in the story that inevitably catches up with it. Still, many viewers won't really care about this, for the individual episodes are often funny; even when they're not, they're amiable enough that many will just let them slide right by them. This good will on the part of the viewer is largely the result of Jackpot's cast, especially its invaluable star Jimmy Stewart. Few other performers could make as much of the role, but Stewart's contribution goes beyond his own role. His mere presence informs the film, making one glad to give it a few second chances, even when he's not around. He gets some excellent assistance from the likes of Barbara Hale, Fred Clark, Alan Mowbray and James Gleason, who all make valuable contributions. But it's Stewart who's the real reason for watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2012
UPC:
0024543857143
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:27:00
Sales rank:
38,161

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Bill Lawrence
Barbara Hale Amy Lawrence
Natalie Wood Phyllis Lawrence
Fred Clark Mr. Woodruff
James Gleason Harry Summers
Patricia Medina Hilda Jones
Alan Mowbray Leslie
Tommy Rettig Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot Fred Burns
Charles Tannen Al Vogel
Bigelow Sayre Capt. Sullivan
Dick Cogan Mr. Brown
Jewel Rose Mrs. Brown
Eddie Firestone Mr. MacDougall
Estelle Etterre Mrs. McDougall
Claude Stroud Herman Wertheim
Caryl Lincoln Susan Wertheim
Joan Miller Mabel Spooner
Walter S. Baldwin Watch Buyer
Sid Saylor Ernie the Mailman
John Qualen Mr. Ferguson
Fritz Feld Long-Haired Pianist
Kathrun Sheldon Mrs. Simpkins
Robert Dudley Mr. Simpkins
Billy Wayne Photographer
Minerva Urecal Strange Woman
Milton Parsons Piano Player
Kim Spalding Mr. Dexter
Dulce Daye Mrs. Dexter
Andrew Tombes Pritchett
Robert Bice Actor
John Bleifer Bald Man
Harry Carter Actor
Ken Christy Man
Dick Curtis Actor
Elizabeth Flournoy Woman
Marjorie Holliday Actor
Billy Nelson Truck Driver
Peggy O'Connor Salesgirl
Tudor Owen Actor
Franklin Parker Poker Player
Jack Roper Actor
John Roy Policeman
Philip Van Zandt Flick Morgan
Colin Ward Actor
Guy Way Moving Man
Jay Barney Detective
George Conrad Parking Lot Attendant
Ann Doran Miss Bowen
Sam Edwards Parking Lot Attendant
Jerry Hausner Al Stern
Harry Hines Elevator Man
Billy Lechner Johnny the Office Boy
Carol Savage Telephone Operator
Jack Mather Detective

Technical Credits
Walter Lang Director
Samuel G. Engel Producer
Henry Ephron Screenwriter
Phoebe Ephron Screenwriter
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
John McNulty Original Story
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Watson Webb Editor
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Joseph C. Wright Art Director

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