Double or Nothing (1937 film)

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Double or Nothing
Double or Nothing 1937 Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Theodore Reed
Produced by Benjamin Glazer
Written by
Story by M. Coates Webster
Music by
Cinematography Karl Struss
Edited by Edward Dmytryk
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • September 17, 1937 (1937-09-17) (USA)
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Double or Nothing is a 1937 American musical comedy film directed by Theodore Reed and starring Bing Crosby, Martha Raye, Andy Devine, Mary Carlisle and William Frawley.[1] Based on a story by M. Coates Webster, the film is about a dying millionaire who instructs his lawyer to drop four purses on the streets of New York City, which are found and returned by four honest people. According to the will, each of them is given one million dollars, which they must double within thirty days in order to claim his entire estate. Greedy relatives, who were cut from the will, try to thwart each one's plans. The film features the popular song "The Moon Got In My Eyes".


Eccentric millionaire philanthropist Axel Clark wishes to prove that all people are essentially honest and good. Following his death and as a provision of his will, his lawyers drop wallets on the streets of town that each have $100 in them, with information for contacting the lawyers. The four honest people who return the wallets then find themselves unexpectedly in a sort-of lottery. The first person who could double that sum within one month, through honest means, would inherit Clark's entire estate. Otherwise, the entire estate would go to Clark's greedy brother, who is determined to thwart the plan.


  • Bing Crosby as "Lefty" Boylan
  • Martha Raye as Liza Lou Lane
  • Andy Devine as Half Pint
  • Mary Carlisle as Vicki Clark
  • William Frawley as John Pederson
  • Benny Baker as Sailor
  • Samuel S. Hinds as Jonathan Clark
  • William Henry as Egbert Clark
  • Fay Holden as Martha Sewell Clark
  • Bert Hanlon as Nick Praxitales
  • Gilbert Emery as Mr. Mitchell
  • Walter Kingsford as Mr. Dobson
  • John Gallaudet as Johnny Rutherford
  • Harry Barris as Sing Orchestra Leader
  • Alphonse Bergé as Specialty
  • Tex Morrissey as Specialty
  • Frances Faye as Specialty, Liza's sister
  • Elsie Ames as Dance Speciality, as Ames and Arno
  • Nick Arno as Dance Specialty, as Ames and Arno
  • Edward Rickard as Specialty
  • Steve Calgary as Specialty
  • Andre Calgary as Specialty
  • Arthur Housman as Drunk
  • Charles Irwin as Drunk
  • James Notaro as Dancing Cop[2]



  • "(You Know It All) Smarty" (Burton Lane, Ralph Freed) by Bing Crosby
  • "The Moon Got in My Eyes" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) by Bing Crosby
  • "It's the Natural Thing to Do" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) by Bing Crosby
  • "It's On, It's Off" (Al Siegel, Sam Coslow) by Martha Raye
  • "After You" (Al Siegel and Sam Coslow)
  • "Double or Nothing" (Johnny Burke, Victor Young)
  • "Don't Look Now" (Sanford Green, Irving Kahal)
  • "All You Want to Do Is Dance" (Arthur Johnston, Johnny Burke) by Bing Crosby[3]


  1. ^ "Double or Nothing". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Full cast and crew for Double or Nothing". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Soundtracks for Double or Nothing". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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