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Lost and Found: Miss Tatlock’s Millions (1948) — 30 Comments

  1. I would urge anyone wanting to view this film to read Bosley Crowther's review in the New York Times (it is easily found by any search engine and is also linked on imdb under critic reviews). It is the most sober review of this film I have seen.
    One look at the original movie poster should give one pause: Schuyler is an arsonist. He should have been put in prison or a mental institution. Arson is not in the least bit funny, and that is why this film has been withdrawn from circulation.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Anon, and for leaving a comment. Bosley Crowther's review strikes me as an example of his essential humorlessness. His (and your) concerns about what "is not the least bit funny" are duly noted; I continue to laugh every time I watch Miss Tatlock's Millions.

    As for why the picture remains out of circulation, I suspect it's not because of its content, but simply because it's a Paramount picture owned by Universal that's in black-and-white and doesn't have W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello, or any other stars that the video-buying public of today cares about.

    Thanks again for visiting!

  3. I saw Miss Tatlock's Millions when I was 18 years
    old. I never forgot it!!!! It was so clever………..so
    funny! John Lund was wonderful in it, as was adorable Wanda Hendrix. It was such a fun
    entertaining film. An absolute RIOT!!!! Have been trying to locate it for years….Maybe TCM will locate a good copy!!! I hope so!
    LEE N.

  4. Welcome, Nikki, and thanks for commenting! The fact that this post continues to receive comments more than three years after I first posted it shows that there are still plenty of people out there Googling Miss Tatlock's Millions and hoping for news of this neglected gem. As for TCM ever showing it, my fingers are still crossed…

  5. I used to see this as a kid on Tv so I wonder what happened to all the copies of it ?

    I think it would have made a great film for Jim Carry!

    Nice to see others remember it fondly!

    Tom

  6. Welcome, Tom, and thanks for leaving your comment! As you can see from what's gone before, "what happened to all the copies of it" is that they have been either (a) locked away in the vault at Universal, which owns the pre-1949 Pararmount library; or (b) scattered to the four winds. That second part refers to the many 16mm prints that once reposed in TV station libraries but became obsolete and space-consuming with the advent first of videotape, then cable TV, and finally digital video, where a movie takes up no more space than if it didn't exist at all.

    Those 16mm prints have either been returned to the licensing exchanges (and thence to the Universal vault) or, more likely, tossed into dumpsters, landfills and large bodies of water. A few have no doubt found their way to private collections, but it will take Universal to put the picture back into non-bootleg circulation. And to date, Universal has shown little inclination to market any Paramount movie that didn't involve W.C. Fields, Abbott and Costello, Mae West, Preston Sturges or the Marx Brothers.

    Thanks again for stopping by!