Bill Lawrence (Stewart), employed at a midwest department store, supports a wife (Hale) and two teenage kids (Wood, Tommy Rettig) on an annual salary of $4500. Answering a phone call, he wins $24,000 worth of merchandise from a radio quiz program and is overwhelmed by prizes which range from the useful to the absurd, including a side of beef, 7,500 cans of soup, 1,000 fruit trees, a Palomino pony, a portable swimming pool, a diamond ring, a French maid, an interior decorator (Alan Mowbray) and portrait painter Hilda Jones (Patricia Medina). All is well until Lawrence is told he must sell the prizes in order to pay an income tax of $7000. When he tries to raise the money by selling the merchandise at the department store, his boss (Fred Clark) fires him. When he tries to fence the diamond ring in Chicago, he's arrested. Complicating matters, his wife suspects him of having an affair with Greenwich Village artist Hilda. Dealing with these problems, he gets help from reporter Harry Summers (James Gleason), who had been writing newspaper articles about Lawrence and his winnings. Bandleader Harry James made an uncredited appearance as a radio vocalist.

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The Jackpot (1950)

Comedy · 1h 25m

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Bill Lawrence (Stewart), employed at a midwest department store, supports a wife (Hale) and two teenage kids (Wood, Tommy Rettig) on an annual salary of $4500. Answering a phone call, he wins $24,000 worth of merchandise from a radio quiz program and is overwhelmed by prizes which range from the useful to the absurd, including a side of beef, 7,500 cans of soup, 1,000 fruit trees, a Palomino pony, a portable swimming pool, a diamond ring, a French maid, an interior decorator (Alan Mowbray) and portrait painter Hilda Jones (Patricia Medina). All is well until Lawrence is told he must sell the prizes in order to pay an income tax of $7000. When he tries to raise the money by selling the merchandise at the department store, his boss (Fred Clark) fires him. When he tries to fence the diamond ring in Chicago, he's arrested. Complicating matters, his wife suspects him of having an affair with Greenwich Village artist Hilda. Dealing with these problems, he gets help from reporter Harry Summers (James Gleason), who had been writing newspaper articles about Lawrence and his winnings. Bandleader Harry James made an uncredited appearance as a radio vocalist.

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Released
Cast
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Robert Gist

Pete Spooner
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Lyle Talbot

Fred Burns
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Franklin Parker

Poker Player (uncredited)
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Jay Barney

Police Detective (uncredited)
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Robert Bice

Policeman in Bookie Raid (uncredited)
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John Bleifer

Bookie Parlor Clerk (uncredited)
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Frances Budd

Saleslady (uncredited)
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Tudor Owen

Police Turnkey (uncredited)
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Billy Nelson

Truck Driver (uncredited)
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Peggy O'Connor

Salesgirl (uncredited)
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Carol Savage

Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Syd Saylor

Ernie, the Mailman (uncredited)
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Milton Parsons

Piano Player (uncredited)
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Joe Ploski

Joe - Store Employee (uncredited)
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Jack Mather

Police Detective (uncredited)
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Joan Miller

Mabel Spooner (uncredited)
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Marjorie Holliday

Telephone Operator (uncredited)
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Elizabeth Flournoy

Federal Broadcasting System Woman (uncredited)
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Bess Flowers

Newspaper Employee (uncredited)
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Robert Dudley

Mr. Simpkins (uncredited)
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Sam Edwards

Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
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Fritz Feld

Long-Haired Pianist (uncredited)
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June Evans

Washerwomanh (uncredited)
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Harry Hines

Elevator Man (uncredited)
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George Magrill

Police Stenographer (uncredited)
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Harry James

Harry James (voice) (uncredited)
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Jerry Hausner

Al Stern (uncredited)
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Caryl Lincoln

Susan Wertheim (uncredited)
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Estelle Etterre

Mrs. McDougall (uncredited)
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Valerie Mark

Mary Vogel (uncredited)
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Billy Lechner

Johnny, the Office Boy (uncredited)
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Claude Stroud

Herman Wertheim (uncredited)
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Colin Ward

Man (uncredited)
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Andrew Tombes

Attorney Pritchett (uncredited)
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Kim Spalding

Mr. Eddie Dexter (uncredited)
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Philip Van Zandt

Franklin Laswell / Flick Morgan (uncredited)
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Tommy Rettig

Tommy Lawrence
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Guy Way

Moving Man (uncredited)
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Minerva Urecal

Woman Trying on Hats (uncredited)
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Charles Tannen

Al Vogel (uncredited)
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Billy Wayne

Joe - Photographer (uncredited)
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James Stewart

William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
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Barbara Hale

Amy Lawrence
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James Gleason

Harry Summers
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Fred Clark

Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
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Alan Mowbray

Leslie
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Patricia Medina

Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
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Natalie Wood

Phyllis Lawrence
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Dick Cogan

Mr. Brown (uncredited)
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Jewel Rose

Mrs. Brown (uncredited)
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John Roy

Policeman (uncredited)
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Eddie Firestone

Mr. McDougall (uncredited)
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Mae Marsh

Mrs. Woodruff in Photo (uncredited)
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Bigelow Sayre

Police Captain Sullivan (uncredited)
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Kathryn Sheldon

Mrs. Simpkins (uncredited)
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John Qualen

Mr. Ferguson (uncredited)
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Jack Roper

Moving Man (uncredited)
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Walter Baldwin

Watch Buyer (uncredited)
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Ken Christy

Man (uncredited)
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Dulcie Day

Mrs. Dexter (uncredited)
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Heinie Conklin

Workman (uncredited)
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Harry Carter

Card Player (uncredited)
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Dick Curtis

Moving Man (uncredited)
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Dorothy Adams

Watch Saleswoman - Store Employee (uncredited)
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Ann Doran

Miss Alice Bowen (uncredited)
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George Conrad

Mike - Parking Lot Attendant (uncredited)
Crew
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Walter Lang

Director
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Phoebe Ephron

Writer
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Henry Ephron

Writer
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John McNulty

Writer
Disc Releases
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The Jackpot

(DVD)

12/4/2012

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