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Million Dollar Weekend (October 29, 1948)

Million Dollar Weekend
 

Released on October 29, 1948: (running time 1 hour and 12 minutes) A stockbroker with a million dollars in his briefcase meets a killer and a blackmailer on an airplane headed for Hawaii.

Produced by Matty Kemp

Directed by Gene Raymond

The Actors: Gene Raymond (Nicholas Lawrence), Osa Massen (Cynthia Strong), Francis Lederer (Alan Marker), Robert Warwick (Dave Dietrich), Patricia Shay (Sally), James Craven (Dr. George Strong), The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders (themselves), Don Brodie (taxi driver), Douglas Evans (hotel desk clerk)

 

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The Sultry, Sullen Widow and the Million Dollar Briefcase

He is a middle aged stock broker who is fed up with the rat race. It is Friday morning and he is leaving work early for a weekend away. He packs one million dollars in negotiable bonds from the office safe into his briefcase and heads for the airport. He has a ticket for Shanghai and is planning to start a new life with his clients’ money. His airplane flies from San Francisco to Honolulu, and hopefully a few hours later another airplane will fly him from Honolulu to Shanghai.

She is a sultry, sad widow grieving over the death of her husband. From the cemetery ceremony she gets into her limousine and heads for the airport, planning to spend some time in Hawaii. A man watches her leave for the airport and he follows her, buying a ticket on the same airplane that she is taking to Hawaii.

The man following the widow sits next to the sullen, teary-eyed lady and makes her an offer that she cannot refuse. He tells her that unless she gives him half of the life insurance money from her dead husband he will tell the police that she murdered her husband.

Sitting across from them in the airplane is the man with a million dollars in his briefcase. The sultry widow who is being blackmailed asks the man with a million dollars in his briefcase if he will pretend that they know each other so that she can get away from the man who wants to blackmail her. This leads to that and while in Honolulu waiting for his airplane to Shanghai, the man who stole a million dollars will try to help the woman who murdered her husband get away from the man who wants to blackmail her.

Three people tossed together on one airplane. One is a killer, one is a thief, one is a blackmailer. This will not be a pleasant trip. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Osa Massen
Osa Massen
Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans
Francis Lederer
Francis Lederer
Francis Lederer
Francis Lederer
Francis Lederer and Osa Massen
Francis Lederer and Osa Massen
Francis Lederer
Francis Lederer
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond and Francis Lederer
Gene Raymond and Francis Lederer
Gene Raymond, Osa Massen and Don Brodie
Gene Raymond, Osa Massen and Don Brodie
Gene Raymond and Osa Massen
Gene Raymond and Osa Massen
Gene Raymond
Gene Raymond
James Craven
James Craven
James Craven and Osa Massen
James Craven and Osa Massen
Gene Raymond and Robert Warwidk
Gene Raymond and Robert Warwidk
James Craven
James Craven
Osa Massen
Osa Massen
Osa Massen and Francis Lederer
Osa Massen and Francis Lederer
Osa Massen at the funeral
Osa Massen at the funeral
Osa Massen
Osa Massen
Patricia Shay and Francis Lederer
Patricia Shay and Francis Lederer
Robert Warwick
Robert Warwick
The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders
The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders