A Million to One (March 3, 1937)

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Joan Fontaine and Bruce Bennett in A Million to One
 

Released on March 3, 1937: An Olympic loser trains his son to win the trophy that he couldn't keep, but the daughter of the winner may spoil the son's plans to win the 1936 Olympics Decathlon event.

Produced by Fanchon Royer

Directed by Lynn Shores

The Actors: Bruce Bennett (Johnny Kent), Joan Fontaine (Joan Stevens), Reed Howes (Duke Hale), Monte Blue (John Kent Sr.), Kenneth Harlan (William Stevens), Suzanne Kaaren (Patricia 'Pat' Stanley), Joey O'Brien (Johnny Kent as a child), Joy Healy (Joan Stevens as a child), Ben Hall (Joe), Edward Peil Sr. (Mac), Dick Simmons (friend)

 

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As I write this, Brazil is preparing for the thirty first summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

In 1928 Herman Brix was an American Olympic champion of the ninth Summer Olympics held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The 1936 Summer Olympics was held in Berlin, Germany, and this movie about those games stars that Olympic Champion Herman Brix, who changed his name to Bruce Bennett when he started making movies.

Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland was born in 1917 in Tokyo, Japan. Her father was a British patent attorney working in Japan, and when she became a movie star she also changed her name . . . . To Joan Fontaine. This is her second motion picture and she shares her original British accent with us.

Bruce Bennett plays athlete Johnny Kent and Joan Fontaine is rich society girl Joan Stevens, and as our adventure opens we meet their fathers. Johnny’s father won the Decathlon Olympic event when he was a young man and Joan’s father came in second.

Unfortunately, it was discovered that Johnny’s father accepted a bit of money as he was working his way through college, and that disqualified him from being an amateur and he had to surrender his Olympic trophy and title to the second place winner, Joan’s father.

Time has passed and now Johnny’s father is a poor working-class stiff who is training his son to win the 1936 Decathlon Olympic Trophy that he couldn’t keep. Joan’s father has become very wealthy because of the Olympic Trophy and fame, and Joan has become a rich girl boy-toy, teasing, tempting and throwing herself at every good-looking boy she meets.

Today Joan will meet Johnny, and set her claws on him like no girl has ever done to Johnny before. Johnny’s father warns him that booze and women can turn him from a winner to a loser in the next Olympics, and Joan seems to be doing her best to make Johnny a loser, just like her father made Johnny’s father a loser.

Could tragic history repeat itself at the 1936 Olympics? . . . . . Only in the movies . . . . And I’d put the odds at about A Million to One. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Ben Hall
Ben Hall
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett and Monte Blue
Bruce Bennett and Monte Blue
Bruce Bennett and Reed Howes
Bruce Bennett and Reed Howes
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett
Edward Peil Sr.
Edward Peil Sr.
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine and Kenneth Harlan
Joan Fontaine and Kenneth Harlan
Joan Fontaine and Suzanne Kaaren
Joan Fontaine and Suzanne Kaaren
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
Joey O'Brien
Joey O'Brien
Joy Healy
Joy Healy
Kenneth Harlan
Kenneth Harlan
Kenneth Harlan and Monte Blue
Kenneth Harlan and Monte Blue
Kenneth Harlan and Monte Blue
Kenneth Harlan and Monte Blue
Kenneth Harlan
Kenneth Harlan
Monte Blue and Bruce Bennett
Monte Blue and Bruce Bennett
Monte Blue and Joey O'Brien
Monte Blue and Joey O'Brien
Monte Blue and Bruce Bennett
Monte Blue and Bruce Bennett
Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Reed Howes
Reed Howes
Reed Howes and Joan Fontaine
Reed Howes and Joan Fontaine
Reed Howes
Reed Howes
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren and Reed Howes
Suzanne Kaaren and Reed Howes
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren
Suzanne Kaaren