The Golden Fleecing (1940)

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A $50,000 life-insurance sale puts mild-mannered Henry Twinkle on the fast track at Ajax Insurance Company. Now he can marry his girl and climb the corporate ladder -- just as long as the ... See full summary »


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  • Lew Ayres and Rita Johnson in The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  • Lew Ayres in The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  • Lew Ayres in The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  • Lew Ayres and Rita Johnson in The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  • Lew Ayres and Rita Johnson in The Golden Fleecing (1940)
  • Lew Ayres in The Golden Fleecing (1940)

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13 July 2014 | bkoganbing
6
| Undiscovered screwball gem
In between stints as Dr. Kildare Lew Ayres managed to star in this really nice screwball comedy, the kind of part that someone like Jimmy Stewart or Henry Fonda would have done had this B film from MGM were given a top drawer budget and production.

The Golden Fleecing casts Lew Ayres as a mild mannered insurance agent who sells a life insurance policy to gangster Lloyd Nolan who then gets a contract put out on him. At that point Ayres is in jeopardy of his job and he seeks out Nolan to make sure he stays alive.

It's hard to describe the rest of the film other than Nolan's various schemes come to naught and the bumbling Ayres keeps coming up a winner. Both are lucky in the women they have. Rita Johnson is faithful to Ayres and smart. Virginia Grey is the smart one on Nolan's team and if he let her handle things it might not have ended so badly for him.

If you haven't seen this one, don't miss it if broadcast.

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