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He may be an underpaid bank clerk but his voice is worth a million bucks. Frank Sinatra is $42.50-a-week teller Johnny Dalton, who comes across big money – and big trouble – in this frothy comedy. It’s Only Money, Sinatra sings with his quipster pal Emil (Groucho Marx). Yet lack of it keeps him from marrying fellow bank employee Mibs (Jane Russell). Before you can say "romantic comedy," Johnny rescues a bookie from a beating and receives a betting tip in appreciation. The appreciation appreciates into thousands. But there’s a catch: the bank is short $75,000. And cash-flush Johnny is Suspect #1. Maybe Johnny’s lot will be just Kisses and Tears (a Sinatra/Russell duet and the second of the film’s two Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn tunes). The good news: Double Dynamite will also be love, laughs and stardust galore.

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  • Actors: Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra, Don McGuire, Howard Freeman
  • Directors: Irving Cummings
  • Writers: Harry Crane, Leo Rosten, Mannie Manheim, Melville Shavelson
  • Producers: Irving Cummings Jr., Irwin Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 13, 2008
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00143XDYM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,252 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Double Dynamite" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1999
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I had seen this title listed but could never get hold of it. When I finally did I was very pleasantly surprised. Groucho turns in a great comic performance, and Sinatra and Russell are very good also. A high point: Groucho & Frank sing a duet ("It's Only Dough") while strolling down the avenue. A delightful find!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Anderson VINE VOICE on June 13, 2008
Format: DVD
Double Dynamite is most definitely not one of Sinatra's better films, but it's a fairly cute (if predictable) romantic comedy nonetheless. Oddly enough Sinatra and leading lady Jane Russell have zero chemistry - but the film really lights up when Sinatra exchanges quips with the fast-talking Groucho Marx. Sadly, Russell just doesn't get to exhibit any of the spitfire personality that makes her performances in films like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Son of Paleface shine. If the film had focused more on Sinatra and Marx's friendship - been a buddy/caper comedy - instead of focusing on the romantic angle I think it would've been much more successful. For some reason the plot reminded me a bit of the Nicholas Cage rom-com It Could Happen to You. Double Dynamite has a sort of been there, done that feel to it, but thanks to Groucho Marx livening things up the film has some cute moments. It's worth pointing out that the Sinatra-Russell duet "Kisses and Tears" is a fun song, well-executed. The DVD is just the film, no chapter breaks, but the picture is crisp and the sound is clear.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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An under rated little gem with some very funny scenes: Jane in the shower; Groucho impersonating a millionaire; Frank looking for the bookie's hideout but finding only nice ladies (leading to the classic line "Youre not a man!"), and a nice punch line involving the IRS
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on February 21, 2010
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Interesting historically, in that Frank Sinatra, the Number One singer of his time, was billed below Jane Russell and Groucho Marx! Not that Jane and Julius are not top billing material, but within a few years - and "From Here To Eternity" and a new record contract - Sinatra would rule show business. As music historians know, Frank Sinata's record sales dipped around 1946 through 1952, and he dappled in smaller venues, some TV - and "B" pictures.
Yes, this film can be considered a "B", but the Director, Writers, and stars put togther a very entertaining film, which really mines the talents of all involved. Great to see so much of Groucho, very much in character, and having some very funny bits as a woulda-been financial mogul - he's a waiter in an old Mom & Pop eatery; Frank Sinatra is predictably dynamic - his role could be described as a Junior Bank Executive, whose personal finances have a discrepancy between earnings and dreams; Jane Russell plays the part of Bank Teller Mildred Goodhue, his beautiful but somewhat naive girlfriend, who wants to marry this man, but makes the mistake of being persuaded that money isn't..."only money".
A great black and white print of a minor classic. Even has two excellent songs (the duet from adjacent apartments by Frank and Jane is a real time-capsule entry, something obviously missed by documentary makers).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mikey on January 30, 2013
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Since nobody knows about this movie, I can enjoy it knowing I'm the only one in the Western Hemisphere who owns it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2010
Format: DVD
Double Dynamite may not be the very best film I've ever seen; but it's far from being the worst I've watched! The acting is very good and the casting is excellent; the actors do their best with a script that could have been funnier although it's still entertaining. The choreography and the cinematography work well and the plot moves along at a good pace. Much credit is owed to Groucho Marx, who gradually carries more and more of the movie as it goes along.

When the film starts, we are quickly introduced to the principle three characters: bank tellers Johnny Dalton (Frank Sinatra) and his girlfriend Mildred (aka "Mibs") (Jane Russell) and Johnny's waiter pal Emile J. Keck (Groucho Marx). Johnny and Mibs work for a "friendly" bank in California--so "friendly," in fact, that manager J.L. McKissack (Harry Hayden) turns down Johnny's request for a raise even though it's just before Christmas and Johnny (and Mildred) make $42.50 a week as bank tellers, a sum that was paltry even back then!

One day Johnny saves a man from being beaten up by two other men. The man turns out to be "Hot Horse" Harris, a bookie (Nestor Paiva); and "Hot Horse" rewards Johnny by helping him win $60,000 betting on horses even though Johnny doesn't believe in gambling. ("Hot Horse" and his men "assist" Johnny when he doesn't want to bet any money.)

Things start to look up for Johnny--now, with this windfall, he can finally marry "Mibs" and buy her the things he wants to buy her. However, just by rotten luck the bank is short by a similar amount of money--and it isn't long before they start to suspect that Johnny took the money!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 18, 2009
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I wasn't expecting to like DOUBLE DYNAMITE as much as I did. This is a really fun little movie! Frank Sinatra (at the height of his early RKO days) stars as bank clerk Johnny Dalton, whose pending marriage to fellow employee Mildred "Mibs" Goodhue (Jane Russell) is threatened because he cannot secure a pay rise.

Enter a shady gangster, whom Johnny saves from some thugs. He gives Johnny $1000, which quickly appreciates when the money is used to bet on a few winning horses. Now Johnny has the money to marry "Mibs", but the bank managers believe it's been stolen from missing funds!

Sure it's not the most sophisticated movie you'll ever see, but it does boast the hilarious Groucho Marx as a wisecracking restaurant waiter who takes Johnny under-wing; not to mention the chart-topping duet "Kisses and Tears" for Sinatra and Russell. It's a refreshing change seeing Ms Russell play against her brassy bombshell stereotype, and young Sinatra is always a pleasure. Recommended.
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