All American Chump

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All American Chump
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Directed by Edwin L. Marin
Produced by Michael Fessier
Lucien Hubbard
Screenplay by Lawrence Kimble
Starring Stuart Erwin
Robert Armstrong
Betty Furness
Edmund Gwenn
Harvey Stephens
Music by William Axt
Cinematography Charles G. Clarke
Edited by Frank E. Hull
Distributed by Loew's Inc.[1]
Release date
  • October 16, 1936 (1936-10-16)
Running time
63 minutes
Country United States
Language English

All American Chump is a 1936 American comedy film produced by MGM,[2][3] directed by Edwin L. Marin and written by Lawrence Kimble. The film stars Stuart Erwin, Robert Armstrong, Betty Furness, Edmund Gwenn and Harvey Stephens.


Meek clerk Elmer Lamb has a mind for figures, so much so that circus promoter Bill Hogan hires him as "the human adding machine," featuring Elmer's dazzling skill for numbers. Elmer wants to make enough money to open his own dairy farm.

When the circus goes broke, owner Jeff Crane and daughter Kitty travel east with Elmer and Bill to get a fresh start. On the train, Elmer ends up playing cards with bridge champion J. Montgomery Brantley and defeats him. Brantley attests to Elmer's skill, which leads to a nationally broadcast bridge challenge between the two for a prize of $15,000.

A gangster gets involved and offers Elmer money to lose the match. Elmer also gets knocked unconscious on the final day of the match and temporarily loses his mental faculties, but Kitty, who now loves him, restores his powers. She then uses the prize money to buy Elmer a farm.



  1. ^ All American Chump at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. ^ "All American Chump (1936) - Overview -". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "All-American Chump". TV Guide. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 

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