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The Jackpot (1950)

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them.

Director:

Walter Lang

Writers:

John McNulty (New Yorker article), Phoebe Ephron (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
Barbara Hale ... Amy Lawrence
James Gleason ... Harry Summers
Fred Clark ... Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
Alan Mowbray ... Leslie
Patricia Medina ... Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
Natalie Wood ... Phyllis Lawrence
Tommy Rettig ... Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist ... Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot ... Fred Burns
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Storyline

Bill Lawrence wins a slew of prizes on a radio quiz program. His happiness is short-lived when he discovers he'll have to sell the prizes in order to pay the taxes on them. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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He had a wife, two kids, a home of his own, a job with a future and then POOR JIMMY WON THE $24,000 RADIO JACKPOT!

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der geheimnisvolle Ehemann See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $24,000 in prizes he wins in 1950 would be about $253,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

The shadows of trees and other objects on the street in front of the Lawrence home face the same direction in both the opening-shot of the movie, which is set in the morning, and in the scene late that afternoon when Bill comes home from work. See more »

Quotes

Lawyer: "They might detatch your salary."
William: "Then I'll quit my job and live on soup."
Lawyer: "They might detach this house."
William: "Then I'll burn down the house!"
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Soundtracks

Ain't We Got Fun
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Ray Egan and Gus Kahn
Sung by an off-screen chorus during the opening credits
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Game show winner's life is turned upside-down.
14 November 1998 | by Turk-4See all my reviews

One of Jimmy Stewart's most overlooked films. This picture is pure 1950's. Stewart is an overworked family man, (Similar to his role in Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation, but The Jackpot is a much better picture.) who wins a radio game show. Prizes range from the useful to the absurd. Everything is fine until he finds out he's got to pay taxes on all of his loot. Probably as much pure fun as any Jimmy Stewart picture.


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