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Sudden Money

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Sudden Money
Directed byNick Grinde
Written byLewis R. Foster
Produced byWilliam C. Thomas
StarringCharlie Ruggles
Marjorie Rambeau
Charley Grapewin
Broderick Crawford
Billy Lee
Evelyn Keyes
CinematographyHenry Sharp
Edited byEllsworth Hoagland
Music bySam Coslow
John Leipold
Leo Shuken
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 31, 1939 (1939-03-31)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

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.[1][2]


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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.



  1. ^ "Sudden Money (1939) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-06-26.
  2. ^ Hal Erickson (2015). "Sudden-Money - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2015-06-26.
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