Double Dynamite (1951) Review

Johnny Dalton is an innocent bank teller who just happened to win money gambling on horses and is accused of stealing from the bank he works at, helped by Emile J. Keck a waiter.


Mildred “Mibs” Goodhue is his neighbour, co-worker and wannabe wife and Johnny sees this money as the chance to eventually marry her and start a life together. However, he never thought actually having money would cause so many issues and problems. Instead of telling Mibs he just makes everything more complicated by attempting to surprise her with different things.

Emile a waiter at a place they attend a lot turns out to be a good friend to Johnny and brings a lot of humour to the events that would occur. Trying to prove that he won the money gambling was actually more difficult when he goes back to the place it happened and it is now women working and the men are nowhere to be found. With the exact same amount of money “going missing” from the bank he becomes the prime suspect. Throw in Mibs trying to make Johnny jealous by going out with the bank owners son, which does create more issues in many ways.

All of the characters are likeable enough and with a super short running time of 1 hour and 20 minutes everything flies by at a good pace, nothing was a surprise but fair play for getting Jane Russell, Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx all together in a film. The plot just could have been a little bit deeper at times and I feel that would have pushed it to the next level.

Russell is a fantastic actress with incredible screen presence, I really do feel I need to watch more of her filmography as she is just wonderful. Groucho Marx has to be one of the best comedic actors of all time, this was actually the first time I have seen him without his brothers and quite frankly he just works so well in a very different way. Still given some fantastic lines, his delivery of them is always so perfect. Frank Sinatra was a true star wasn’t he! So charming and easy to watch you cannot fault anything that he does in this film.

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