Pot O' Gold (April 3, 1941)
Released on April 3, 1941: (running time 1 hour and 26 minutes) Jimmy Stewart tries to end the feud between his music-hating Uncle Charlie and the big band next door.
Produced by George Marshall and James Roosevelt
Directed by George Marshall
Written by Haydn Roth Evans and Robert Brilmayer
The Actors: James Stewart (James 'Jimmy' Hamilton Haskell), Paulette Goddard (Molly McCorkle), Horace Heidt (himself, orchestra leader), Charles Winninger (Charles 'C.J.' Haskell), Mary Gordon (Mom McCorkle), Frank Melton (Jasper Backus, CJ's assistant), Jed Prouty (J.K. Louderman, radio station manager), Charles Arnt (Parks, butler), Dick Hogan (Willie McCorkle), James Burke (Police Leutenant Grady), Donna Wood (Donna McCorkle), Larry Cotton (himself, singer), Art Carney (banc member and radio announcer), Beverly Andre (Alice), Herbert Ashley (doorman), Bobby Barber (prisoner), Harry Bowen (street sweeper), Aldrich Bowker (Judge Mike Murray), Ed Brady (fruit and vegetable vendor), Frankie Carle (Frankie, pianist), Virginia Carroll (Haskell's secretary), Ken Christy (Sheriff), Edgar Dearing (Police Officer McGinty), Dick Dennis (singer), Abe Dinovitch (fish peddler), Evelyn Dockson (Mrs. Sweeney), Fern Emmett (boy's mother), Carlos Fernando (orchestra leader), James Flavin (Sheriff Bud Connolly), John Frank (drunk cellmate), Victor Potel (Olf Svenson), Jody Gilbert (Helga Svenson), William Gould (attorney Chalmers), Eddie Gribbon (Expressman), Paul Gustine (Minitor man), Chuck Hamilton (Policeman), Ray Hanson (office in courtroom), John Holland (sponsor), Bud Jamison (drunk cellmate), Roy Lester (Jitterbug dancer), Jewel McGowan (Jitterbug dancer), Charles McAvoy (turnkey), Howard M. Mitchell (jailer), Nellie V. Nichols (Mrs. Poppadolis), William H. O'Brien (country club waiter), David Oliver (drunk cellmate), Max Ong (Wong Lung, Chinese laundry worker), Nestor Paiva (Canadian guide), Purnell Pratt (Thompson), Tom Quinn (announcer), Alvino Rey (pedal steel guitar player), Mary Ruth (Mary Sevens, young piano player), Claire Rochelle (Mary Stevens' mother), Buddy Roosevelt (office in anteroom), Henry Roquemore (Mr. Samson, Federal inspector), Mel Ruick (announcer), Tim Ryan (Snookey Spieler), Adele Smith (flashy girl), Harland Tucker (sponsor), Fred Walburn (boy in doorway), Jay Ward (boyfriend), Pat West (trading post manager), George Whalley (Haskell's chauffeur), Paul White (bootblack), Stan Worth (Tommy, young trombonist)
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Chasing Rainbows for A Pot of Gold, or, The Golden Telephone Call
The secret to my happiness is having a lot of money. . . So much money that I have, . . . So much money that I have, . . . Enough. Having enough money is a goal that some billionaires never reach. I first time I had enough money was when I first learned to live the life that I love, and love the life that I live — Like Jimmy Stewart in this romantic comedy.
The Great Depression began in 1929 and didn’t end until the end of World War Two around 1945. Banks went out of business, wiping out the savings of their depositors. Companies went bankrupt, putting workers out of their jobs. Once-wealthy businessmen jumped to their death from their office windows after losing everything they had worked for.
Horace Heidt wanted to play professional football, but while playing college ball at the University of Southern California he injured his back, so he played piano, and formed a big-band orchestra. In 1938, during the depths of the Great Depression, his band was fortunate enough to have a popular nationwide radio program.
In 1938 a gallon of gasoline was ten cents, a movie ticket was a quarter, a fine home could be rented for twenty-seven dollars a month. A year at Harvard University would cost four hundred and twenty dollars. If you were fortunate enough to have a good job, you probably earned about $1,500 a year. A thousand dollars was life-changing money in 1938, and that is what bandleader Horace Heidt began giving away every week on his nationwide radio program.
This movie is the story of the Horace Heidt Pot of Gold Thousand Dollar Give-a-way that began in 1938 during the Great Depression, weaved around a situation comedy with Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Art Carney, Horace Heidt
Horace Heidt, Paulette Goddard
James Burke and Paulette Goddard
James Stewart, Dick Hogan
James Stewart, Horace Heidt
James Stewart playing harmonica
Mary Gordon, Paulette Goddard