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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining/unusual-in-a-good-way Jimmy Stewart film
"Pot O' Gold" is a Jimmy Stewart film I watch repeatedly and I'm glad I'm not the only one who has heard of it. This film has been released so many time on VHS, and by all never-heard-of studios. United Artists released it to theaters at the time. Why didn't MGM buy the rights to the film years after? Great story about a struggling musician trying to save his father's...
Published on October 10, 2002 by Josh P.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser film still decent with Stewart in it
Pot 'O Gold is a rather gooey film. It chronicles the progression of a relationship between characters played by Paulette Goddard and the unparalleled James Stewart. Eventually, they get the idea for a radio show that gives away a thousand dollars every week. When everybody realizes that doing this legally will be difficult, they spend a few days desperately attempting to...
Published on February 22, 2001


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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining/unusual-in-a-good-way Jimmy Stewart film, October 10, 2002
This review is from: Pot O' Gold [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Pot O' Gold" is a Jimmy Stewart film I watch repeatedly and I'm glad I'm not the only one who has heard of it. This film has been released so many time on VHS, and by all never-heard-of studios. United Artists released it to theaters at the time. Why didn't MGM buy the rights to the film years after? Great story about a struggling musician trying to save his father's music store. His notrious health-food obsessed uncle tries to pull Jimmy Haskell (Stewart) into the the health-food business. He meets a beautiful lady singer (Paulette Goddard) who with her other sister sing a band which her brother Willie plays in, and her mother runs it. When Molly McCorckle (Goddard) learns that Jimmy's uncle is the notorius C.J. Haskell, she becomes upset about it. She thinks of him as a trickster, and as a result, in a radio program she announces Jimmy will give away $1000 in cash to someone. Jimmy is faced with a tough decision: how to give away the money. If he doesn't, he coul be fined and imprisoned. After many tries, he thinks up a way. He'll give it away by telephone. The winner, when they call them up, is speechless and so is his wife. Mrs. McCorckle, C.J., Jimmy, and Molly all reunite on the radio program in a triumphant-sounding finale.
The sound could be better, but an excellent film to enjoy anytime. Upbeat!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madcap comedy meets musicals, September 2, 2002
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
As a big fan of James Stewart, I just had to see him in this classic musical. He is as good as ever, fighting against cruel big business and standing up for the little man, which in this case is a boarding house band. The swing music is fantastic, James Stewart's harmonica playing and occasional singing is excellent, the plot is remarkably coherent, and the whole film is absolutely hilarious. In this film, madcap comedy meets classic musicals.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Charming Surprise, February 18, 2008
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Bobby Underwood (Tumut NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
Many classic films which have fallen into the public domain over the years are often unfairly dismissed. Such is the case with this little gem. "Pot O' Gold" is a fun and happy little film starring Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard. Released through Mary Pickford's United Artist company, the two leads are members of two feuding families who fall for each other. The riff is over music and a piece of property Jimmy's music hating Uncle Charly (Charles Winninger) wants so he can expand the lucrative health food business he wants Jimmy to help run.

When Jimmy becomes a hero to the McCorckles, especially Molly (Paulette Goddard), by means of an errantly thrown tomato, he has to hide the fact that he's a Haskel. Horace Heidt, whose band has been practicing at Molly's mom's house, much to Charly's frustration, figures out who Jimmy is and the two cook up a scheme to get Charly out of town and use his radio show as a platform for the band.

Once Molly discovers the truth, however, everything goes south when she announces a hefty cash sum will be given each week to get even for the ruse. Personal and legal chaos results, of course, and when Charly gets wind of what's going on live he hightails it back to the city.

While this wasn't Stewart's favorite, it is bolstered by a charming atmosphere and pleasant tunes. One of those films which has weathered time, it is a fun distraction perfect for a lazy weekend. Proof that even lesser films of yesterday have more charm and entertainment value than most of what we see today.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a world full of filth, what a relief to find that the "good actors" can be your refuge!, September 1, 2007
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
As a mother trying her best to find decent entertainment fit for children, I depend a lot on the old greats like Jimmy Stewart to deliver a performance that I can be confident will give my children a good example or at least wholesome entertainment. For all those who criticize this movie, I will admit it is not one of Jimmy Stewart's best, but it is decent, charming, and full of pleasant songs. It also gives my kids a glimpse into the World War II/swing music era and gives us a good backdrop for stories about their grandparents.
My children love the songs and have them all memorized. My little girl especially loves singing "Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?" and sings it to our little baby. :-) My older son is all gung-ho to learn to play the harmonica as well. As far as the actual story line is concerned, we don't get into it that much, playing it mostly for the music, but we will get into that as they get older. The moral we have learned and will pass on to the children is that the pursuit of wealth should never become an end in itself, and that a balance is essential to proper mental, emotional and spiritual growth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Band-Aid, March 17, 2010
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Phoebe Stogstill (by the shores of Gitchee Gumee) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
This review is about, yes, A Big Band-Aid. A struggling Big Band needs help getting noticed and getting its big break. Jimmy Stewart (Jimmy) inherits his father's music store which is a hang-out for young, practicing, musicians. Jimmy plays a mean harmonica himself. His wealthy uncle who hosts a radio program called Harry's Happy Hour looks down his nose at the music store enterprise and offers to help Jimmy make it big if he will leave and join him. Harry hates all music and can't stand to even listen to it. Jimmy is forced to leave the foundering store and move into McCorkles' Boarding house. The beautiful McCorkle daughter (Paulette Goddard) is also the lead vocalist for the Big Band. When Jimmy and Uncle Harry both get thrown into the clinker through strange events, the uncle decides he needs to calm his nerves in Canada for a couple of weeks and leaves Jimmy in charge of his program. The whole group of musicians, Jimmy, and the McCorkles figure out a way to put the band on the air during the radio show and to even offer the listening audience a chance to win big money by spinning a wheel. The Band is a big success and gaining valuable sponsors for their air time, when Uncle Harry comes back from Canada, furious, as he did not want any music on his show. Uncle Harry has provided us with much slapstick comedy throughout the movie. The surprise in this movie (Jimmy S. is ALWAYS good) is the array of wonderful song and dance numbers and that Big Band sound. The song and dance routine in the jail cell, is very good. The "Knife Fork and Spoon" routine at the dining table in McCorkles' Boarding House is a work of genius, and the Rhumba numbers are glamour personified. After many spats between Jimmy and Miss McCorkle, love wins out and everyone is happy. A great movie made better by the song and dance extravaganza.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise, July 25, 2010
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Bobby Underwood (Tumut NSW, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Pot O' Gold [Slim Case] (DVD)
Many classic films which have fallen into the public domain over the years are often unfairly dismissed. Such is the case with this little gem. "Pot O' Gold" is a fun and happy little film starring Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard. Released through Mary Pickford's United Artist company, the two leads are members of two feuding families who fall for each other. The riff is over music and a piece of property Jimmy's music hating Uncle Charly (Charles Winninger) wants to acquire so he can expand his lucrative health food business. He also wants Jimmy to help him run the business.

When Jimmy becomes a hero to the McCorckles, especially Molly (Paulette Goddard), by means of an errantly thrown tomato, he has to hide the fact that he's a Haskel. Horace Heidt, whose band has been practicing at Molly's mother's, figures out Jimmy's ruse and the two scheme to get Charly out of town so they can use his radio show to promote the band. Once Molly discovers the truth, however, everything goes south when she announces a hefty cash sum will be given each week on the show! Personal and legal chaos results, of course, and when Charly gets wind of what's going on live he hightails it back to the city.

While this wasn't Stewart's favorite, it plays much better today. It is bolstered by a charming atmosphere and pleasant tunes, allowing it to weather time well. Slight to be sure, but a fun distraction perfect for a lazy weekend. This particular DVD is a fairly decent print and quite watchable. The Image print is best, but this one is okay if you aren't fussy. Proof that even lesser films of yesterday have more charm and entertainment value than most of what we see today. Nostalgic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Likeable and Pleasing., April 8, 2012
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
I checked this movie out of my local public library and found it to be a very pleasing and light-hearted film. It is a musical of sorts that features Jimmy Stewart as the nephew of a cold-hearted and disliked business man in town. By a series of coincidences Jimmy Stewart becomes the one who hits his uncle in the face with a rotten tomato. An event which makes him a hero to the MacCorkadales, but causes him to try and hide his true identity for a while. It is hard to tell if it is really Jimmy Stewart who is playing the harmonica and singing, but it sure does look and sound like it is which is impressive. Paulette Goddard as the daughter of Mrs. MacCorkadale is featured singing in a low voice which is nonetheless pleasing. And her spirit throughout the film is charming. All in all, it is just plain a good clean fun film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lesser film still decent with Stewart in it, February 22, 2001
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This review is from: Pot O' Gold [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Pot 'O Gold is a rather gooey film. It chronicles the progression of a relationship between characters played by Paulette Goddard and the unparalleled James Stewart. Eventually, they get the idea for a radio show that gives away a thousand dollars every week. When everybody realizes that doing this legally will be difficult, they spend a few days desperately attempting to find a solution. They do, of course, and the show is a big hit, whereupon Stewart and Goddard cement their committment to one another and the film ends. In my opinion, the only thing that one could genuinely enjoy from this film is the presence of James Stewart. Otherwise, save your money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Film, January 22, 2006
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
Ever the professionals, both Jimmy Stewart and Paulette Goddard gave this film their best effort. Goddard was certainly a gorgeous woman, and her musical number in this film was very interesting...her legendary charm is highly evident. The number itself is a bit odd...she begins in a glamorous gown, singing...then switches to a female version of a Spanish male cabellero (sp?) outfit, flirting outrageously with all the girls...then switches into another glamorous gown and dances the tango (extremely well) with her male partner, who appears to be authentically entranced by her...the first time I saw it, I thought, "What was THAT???" Only Goddard could have pulled it off. It didn't appear that she and Stewart had much in the chemistry department, but they did give it their best effort. It's a pleasant film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Stewart's Swing Dance Film!, September 29, 2007
This review is from: Pot O' Gold (DVD)
A really fun movie to watch, with a swing dance music theme starting with the opening credits. Jimmy plays Jimmy & Paulette Goddard is a knockout, even if the plot line is kooky just go with it & enjoy! No, question the highlight is the Rhumba country club dance sequence it has a Busby Berkley/MGM feel with all the right touches, terrific!!! Done in 1941 this had to be one of Jimmy Stewarts final movies before joing the Army Air Corps.
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