See Paulette and Jimmy kick up their heels and fall in love! Based on a popular radio money giveaway show of the same name, "Pot O' Gold" stars the ever-bewildered but lovable James Stewart and the beautiful and tempestuou... more »s Paulette Goddard, and because 1941 was the peak of the big band era, popular Horace Heidt and His Thirty Musical Knights. The story revolves around the band's struggle for its "big break." The members all live in Mrs. McCorkle's boarding house and spend their time practicing on the roof. When Jimmy Haskell (Stewart) arrives in town and immediately meets Molly (Goddard) and the band, Jimmy soon has the band on his music-hating uncle's radio show, "The Haskell Happy Hour"--and from there it's straight to the top! The film includes such splashy swing numbers as "When Johnny Toots His Horn," "Pete the Piper," "Do You Believe in Fairy Tales?" and "A Knife, a Fork, and a Spoon." The most spectacular scene in the movie includes sixteen rumba-dancing couples, a twelve-piece rumba band, Horace Heidt's Thirty Musical Knights, and one hundred extras in a magnificent country club setting. Don't miss this song and dance extravaganza!« less
Highly entertaining/unusual-in-a-good-way Jimmy Stewart film
Josh P. | 10/10/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
""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!"
Madcap comedy meets musicals
Joshua M. Clark | Everett, WA USA | 09/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
In a world full of filth, what a relief to find that the "go
Elizabeth A. Papandrea | 09/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
A Charming Surprise
Bobby Underwood | Manly NSW, Australia | 02/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Nancy Tannenbaum | Texas | 01/23/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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."