February 5th, 2021


Movie Critique - The Richest Girl in the World

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: It is a charming comedy no doubt, but the ending was not to my liking so it paled for me. 

The Richest Girl in the World is a 1934 American romantic comedy directed by William A. Seiter, produced by Pandro S. Berman who was also the head of RKO at that time, and obviously released by RKO Radio Pictures. The film stars Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray, Reginald Denny and Henry Stephenson among others. 

Dorothy Hunter (portrayed by Miriam Hopkins), the richest girl in the world leads a very protected life who is kept out of public eye even after she becomes a grown woman. So when she returns back to America, she and her secretary Sylvia Lockwood (portrayed by Fay Wray), impersonate each other so she can try to weed out the ones who want to reach her because of her money. She falls in love with Anthony "Tony" Travers (portrayed by Joel McCrea), but her false representation may cause a rift in their love life.

The first time I read the synopsis of this movie on Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Channel while checking out movies that were on schedule, it reminded me of the 1994 Indian Hindi language romantic comedy film Andaz Apna Apna (= Everyone Has Their Own Style). At least the basic synopsis, although there is a lot more of drama, romance, humor, and above all dance and song numbers in the Indian film. Although the Indian film doesn’t acknowledge if the story was based on this American film, I was curious if it was, and hence the review. 

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