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The Match King (1932) was a Drama - Black-and-white Film directed by William Keighley and Howard Bretherton and produced by Hal B. Wallis.

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The Match King (1932)

By Angela on Nov 28, 2013 From Hollywood Revue

Paul Kroll (Warren William) left his home in Sweden to make a name for himself in America.? When he settles in Chicago, he gets a job sweeping the sidewalks outside of a baseball stadium.? He still dreams of making something of himself though and isn’t above breaking the rules to make it happe... Read full article


Warren William Douchebag Theatre: "The Match King" and "Skyscraper Souls"

By David on Oct 27, 2012 From The Man on the Flying Trapeze

In the 1932 film "The Match King," Warren William has a clandestine meeting with his lover, played by Glenda Farrell. Object: money transfer. The evidence is right before your eyes, ladies and gentlemen -- even Glenda Farrell, the woman who played hard-boiled dames in dozens of Warner Bros. m... Read full article


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The film is loosely based on the Swedish industrialist Ivar Kreuger, who killed himself 9 months before this movie was released.
The character of Marta Molnar is based on Greta Garbo. Warner Bros. tried unsuccessfully to borrow Garbo from MGM for the role.
Warren William's most immediately prior film was titled Three on a Match. That film's title refers to the "superstition" that if three people light their cigarettes with the same match, the third person will soon die. The so-called superstition was actually part of a promotional campaign designed by Ivar Kreuger (the real-life counterpart to William's character) to increase the use of matches by cutting down sharing.
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Also directed by Howard Bretherton




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Also produced by Hal B. Wallis




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Also released in 1932




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