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|Directed by||Nick Grinde|
|Written by||Lewis R. Foster|
|Produced by||William C. Thomas|
|Edited by||Ellsworth Hoagland|
|Music by||Sam Coslow|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Sudden Money is a 1939 American comedy film directed by Nick Grinde, written by Lewis R. Foster, and starring Charlie Ruggles, Marjorie Rambeau, Charley Grapewin, Broderick Crawford, Billy Lee and Evelyn Keyes. It was released on March 31, 1939, by Paramount Pictures.
Winning a $150,000 prize in a sweepstakes gives the Patterson family grand plans. Particularly head of the family Sweeney, a frustrated drummer who decides to start up his own band.
Everybody begins spending money. Sweeney's wife Elsie enrolls in an art school, eager to become a painter. Her brother Doc begins gambling on horse races. Off to an expensive finishing school goes the Pattersons' daughter, Mary, while son Junior is enrolled in a military academy. Grandpa Casey looks on with disapproval, believing the family should be more careful with its new windfall.
Sure enough, things go wrong. Sweeney takes a shine to a young woman called Yolo, who joins the band and immediately creates problems, her jealous jailbird boyfriend even punching Sweeney in the nose. Elsie's art teacher disappears with her tuition fee. Mary's new beau Johnny Jordan and his father are appalled by the family's behavior, and she ends up expelled from school. Bit by bit, the family goes broke.
Grandpa gives them an "I told you so." But after he wins a small cash prize himself, the family begins once again thinking big.
- Charlie Ruggles as Sweeney J. Patterson
- Marjorie Rambeau as Elsie Patterson
- Charley Grapewin as Grandpa Casey Patterson
- Broderick Crawford as Archibald 'Doc' Finney
- Billy Lee as Junior Patterson
- Evelyn Keyes as Mary Patterson
- Phil Warren as Eddie Dunn
- Joyce Mathews as Yolo
- Richard Denning as Johnny Jordan
- Mary Parker as Ellen
- Richard Tucker as Mr. Rodney Hinds
- James Burke as McPherson
- Charles Halton as Mr. Wixby
- Ethel Wales as Miss Perkins
- Alex Melesh as Prof. Armand Tito
- John Gallaudet as Phil Stokes
- John Kelly as Butch
- Homer Dickenson as Herbie
- Joe Yule as Joe
- Billy Engle as Peewee
- Douglas Wood as Mr. Jordan
- Eddie Marr as Diamond
- Donald Kerr as Ted
- William B. Davidson as Sam
- Emory Parnell as Cop
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