The Jackpot

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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Release year: 1950
  • Running time: 85 min
The Jackpot is a 1950 American comedy film directed by Walter Lang with James Stewart and Barbara Hale in the lead roles. It features a young Natalie Wood. The screenplay was based on a John McNulty article, "The Jackpot" in The New Yorker (February... read more

The Jackpot is a 1950 American comedy film directed by Walter Lang with James Stewart and Barbara Hale in the lead roles. It features a young Natalie Wood. The screenplay was based on a John McNulty article, "The Jackpot" in The New Yorker (February 19, 1949), about the true experiences of James P. Caffrey of Wakefield, Rhode Island who won $24,000 worth of merchandise on August 28, 1948 from the CBS radio quiz program, Sing It Again. The film is mostly forgotten today but was a successful vehicle for Stewart at the time. A radio adaptation, broadcast April 26, 1951 on NBC's Screen Directors Playhouse, received much press coverage because Stewart's co-star was Margaret Truman, making her debut as a radio actress for a fee of $2,500. She received mixed reviews and noted that her father "enjoyed it".

Original Release

11/01/1950

US Release

11/01/1950

Cast

James Stewart William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
Barbara Hale Amy Lawrence
Natalie Wood Phyllis Lawrence
James Gleason Harry Summers
Fred Clark Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
Alan Mowbray Leslie
Patricia Medina Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
Tommy Rettig Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot Fred Burns
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Walter Lang

Writers

John McNulty, Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron

Cast

James Stewart William J. 'Bill' Lawrence
Barbara Hale Amy Lawrence
Natalie Wood Phyllis Lawrence
James Gleason Harry Summers
Fred Clark Mr. Andrew J. Woodruff
Alan Mowbray Leslie
Patricia Medina Hildegarde Jonet / Hilda Jones
Tommy Rettig Tommy Lawrence
Robert Gist Pete Spooner
Lyle Talbot Fred Burns
Dulce Day Mrs. Dexter
Ann Doran Miss Alice Bowen
Robert Dudley Mr. Simpkins
Estelle Etterre Mrs. McDougall
Dorothy Adams Watch Saleswoman - Store Employee
Walter Baldwin Watch Buyer
Jay Barney Police Detective
Robert Bice Policeman in Bookie Raid
John Bleifer Bookie Parlor Clerk
Frances Budd Saleslady

Producers

Editors

J. Watson Webb Jr.

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