October 9, 1933 - almost four years after the disastrous New York Stock Market Crash of 1929 and the resulting economic Great Depression, in Britain the wealthy have also lost much of their wealth, and liquid assets . . . 'Cash' . . . is in very short supply. This is the tale of a once wealthy businessman and his lovely daughter, who are accustomed to great wealth, but are reduced to writing bad checks for food, and a young man that has the job of shutting off their electricity because they cannot pay their bills. Oh, did I mention that they find a huge stash of American CASH? How will the huge pile of 'found' money affect them? In strange and amazing ways this comedy about cash and how it affects different people in a time when cash is rare. This movie was originally named 'Cash,' and that is the best title for this adventure, and it is definately the overpowering theme of this poverty era feel-good film.
Our movie opens in the mansion of Edmund Gilbert, played by 'Santa Clause' from The Miracle on 34th Street Santa Clause Edmund Gwenn. With him are his daughter and his butler, and they sneak a peek out the window to see who is knocking. They determine that it is not a bill collector, so they open the door. Unfortunately a bill collector follows the man inside and he sticks a large poster on the wall declaring their debt, and they cannot remove it legally. Edmund is horrified because he has invited several money men over for drinks in the hopes of getting them to invest some of their money into a venture that he has thought up. Next, one of the money men calls and says that they can have dinner with Edmund instead of just drinks. Edmund is now in a deeper pickle . . . he has no food to serve, and no money to buy food. So he does what any good businessman would do, he writes a bad check to the grocer for the makings of a fine dinner.
Directed by Zoltan Korda
The Actors: Edmund Gwenn, Wendy Barrie, Robert Donat