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To prevent his inheritance from going to his greedy family, a steel tycoon (Richard Bennett) chooses eight random strangers and gives them each $1 million. Among those chosen are an entertainer (W.C. Fields) who uses the money to clear bad drivers from the road, a Marine (Gary Cooper) who believes the check is an April Fool's Day prank, and an office clerk (Charles Laughton) who finally sees an opportunity to quit his job. The unexpected windfalls bring joy -- or tragedy -- to the recipients.
Cast and crew
Ernst Lubitsch, Norman Taurog, Stephen Roberts, Norman Z McLeod, James Cruze, William A Seiter, H Bruce Humberstone
Claude Binyon, Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Sidney Buchman, Isabel Dawn, Oliver HP Garrett, Grover Jones, Lawton Mackall, William Slavens McNutt, Whitney Bolton, John Bright, Lester Cole, Boyce DeGaw, Harvey Gates, Ernst Lubitsch, Joseph L Mankiewicz, Robert Sparks, Walter DeLeon, Seton I Miller, Tiffany Thayer
Gary Cooper George Raft WC Fields Charles Laughton Jack Oakie Charlie Ruggles Mary Boland Wynne Gibson Gene Raymond May Robson