Million Dollar Weekend (October 29, 1948)
Released on October 29, 1948: A stockbroker that steals a million dollars from the company safe flees the country, and meets a woman that is also running away, and when the two get together, there is more trouble and adventure than either of them could imagine.
Produced by Matty Kemp
Directed by Gene Raymond
Written by Charles Belden
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 a few hours later another airplane will fly him from Honolulu to Shanghai.
She is a sultry, sad widow grieving over the grave of her late 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, getting a ticket on the same airline that she is taking to Hawaii.
On the plane he sits next to the sullen teary-eyed widow and gives her a proposition that has only one answer. 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 that is headed for Shanghai. 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 rid of 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 is trying to help the woman who murdered her husband get away from the man who wants to blackmail her.
While the thief and the widow are walking the Honolulu beach the blackmailer breaks into the thief’s room and steals the briefcase with a million dollars in it. After first accusing the sultry widow of being in partnership with the blackmailer, the thief and the sultry widow chase the blackmailer with the million dollar briefcase onto an airplane headed back to San Francisco.
When the airplane lands in San Francisco the blackmailer with the million dollar briefcase rushes off the plane and gets away from the thief and the widow. Now the thief and the widow are in San Francisco alone together, on a mad, probably futile search for the blackmailer with the million dollar briefcase.
Is there any way that this crazy situation can turn out happily for the thief and the sultry widow? Is there any way on God’s Green Earth that the thief and the widow can end up in each other’s arms in the sunset on the beach of serene Hawaii? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Francis Lederer and Osa Massen
Gene Raymond and Francis Lederer
Gene Raymond, Osa Massen and Don Brodie
Gene Raymond and Robert Warwick
Gene Raymond and Osa Massen
Gene Raymond and Robert Warwick
James Craven and Osa Massen
Osa Massen and Francis Lederer
Osa Massen at the funeral
Patricia Shay and Francis Lederer
The Royal Hawaiian Serenaders