If I Had a Million

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If I Had a Million is a 1932 American pre-Code Paramount Studios anthology film starring Gary Cooper, George Raft, Charles Laughton, W. C. Fields, Jack Oakie, Frances Dee and Charlie Ruggles, among others. There were seven directors: Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman Z. McLeod, James Cruze, William A. Seiter, and H. Bruce Humberstone. Lubitsch, Cruze, Seiter, and Humberstone were each responsible for a single vignette, Roberts and McLeod directed two each, and Taurog was in charge of the prologue and epilogue. The screenplays were scripted by many different writers, with Joseph L. Mankiewicz making a large contribution. The film is based on the 1931 novel Windfall by Robert Hardy Andrews.[1]

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If I Had A Million
Theatrical poster
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Norman Taurog
Stephen Roberts
Norman Z. McLeod
James Cruze
William A. Seiter
H. Bruce Humberstone
Lothar Mendes (uncredited)
Written byRobert Hardy Andrews (story)
multiple writers[lower-alpha 1]
Based onWindfall
1931 novel
by Robert Hardy Andrews
Produced byEmanuel Cohen
StarringGary Cooper
Charles Laughton
George Raft
W. C. Fields
Richard Bennett
CinematographyHarry Fischbeck
Charles Edgar Schoenbaum
Gilbert Warrenton
Alvin Wyckoff
(all uncredited)
Edited byLeRoy Stone
Music byJohn Leipold
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 2, 1932 (1932-12-02)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States

A wealthy dying businessman played by veteran actor Richard Bennett decides to leave his money to eight complete strangers. Gary Cooper, Charles Laughton, George Raft, May Robson, Charles Ruggles, and Gene Raymond play some of the lucky beneficiaries.

The 1950s television series The Millionaire was based on a similar concept.[2]