in about 100 words or less
US 59m, B&W
Director: Edward F. Cline; Cast: Jack Oakie, W.C. Fields, Andy Clyde, Lyda Roberti, Susan Fleming, Ben Turpin
Million Dollar Legs is a wonderfully silly story about the fictional nation of Klopstokia whose presidency is decided by feats of strength. With the aim of raising eight million dollars to rescue the country from its debts, the President, considered the strongest man in the country, enters the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Olympics with the hopes of winning the weightlifting competition and collecting a large cash prize. With the look and feel of a Marx Brothers’ film, Million Dollar Legs looks to have inspired Duck Soup (1933), and is perhaps the most outlandish comedy of the decade (Klaus Ming March 2015).