The Billion Dollar Hobo

1977

Comedy / Family

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IMDb Rating 4.5 10 252

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Cast

Will Geer as Choo-Choo Trayne
Sydney Lassick as Mitchell
Tim Conway as Vernon Praiseworthy
Frank Sivero as Ernie
720p.WEB
896.95 MB
1280*682
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 37 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by bkoganbing 4 / 10

Man's Best Friend

The Billion Dollar Hobo is something that Will Geer was and Tim Conway could potentially be if he follows the instructions that Geer lays down for a trip on the open road, or open rail if you prefer.

Geer is a Howard Hughes like billionaire who started out back in the Thirties as one of the Depression's millions of jobless who became itinerant migrants. He worked his way from that and he wants to see if Tim Conway's got the right stuff in him.

But this is Tim Conway we're dealing with even if he is the last relative Geer has on the earth. As an aide Geer gives him his dog who is descended from the German Shepherd who accompanied him back in the Thirties.

Well after guile less Tim gets hoodwinked into a plot to kidnap a rare breed of Chinese dog that the People's Republic Of China has sent to the USA as a token of friendship, he needs the help of the Shepherd who proves to be the smarter of the pair. Not just the fact he's got Tim Conway as a human companion, but this dog is a regular Rin Tin Tin.

In fact back in the day the plot of The Billion Dollar Hobo could be a Rin Tin Tin picture. Maybe that was the mistake, the dog should have been the star, not Tim Conway.

Not taking anything away from Conway who is a very funny man, but in this film some of the comic bits fall flat and Conway just can't quite get his character off the ground.

Conway's done a lot better stuff, especially when he's teamed with Don Knotts. This one just doesn't quite make it.

Reviewed by Boba_Fett1138 4 / 10

Plain and simple a bad comedy.

Seemed to me that Tim Conway isn't a bad comedian at all but the script he had to work with provided him very little interesting or funny to do. Ironic, since he was one of the scriptwriters himself.

The concept of the movie was good enough to still provide the movie with some great comical moments and characters but yet they decided to choose a very uninteresting approach with a very uninteresting story-line about a couple of dog-nappers. It just doesn't work out, especially not comically.

The comical sequences also go on for far too long. They get stretched out so much that they simply seize to be funny very quick. The movie does still has one or two really funny moments but this is of course all not quite enough to save the movie.

The directing is very lifeless and the editing makes the movie seem all the worse. It makes the comedy feel even more awkward and takes the pace and flow out of a lot of sequences. No wonder editor Avrum M. Fine only made 5 (very bad) movies in his career.

Really not worth watching.

4/10

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Reviewed by tmpj 2 / 10

Even the VHS copy was awful !!

This one was so bad that I started writing about it while I was still watching it. Can't help using the pun, but this one was a real dog. The VHS copy I had was a lousy print, and the soundtrack was distorted...the music sounded as if it had been imported from outer space. I'd go back and get a refund if I could remember where I got it. Literally, this film is a dog, because the only saving grace is the fact that the real stars are the animals. Bo, the pure-bred German Shepherd, is the real hero of this film. Tim Conway's usual screw-up character somehow just doesn't cut the mustard in this corny piece of un-necessary celluloid. Will Geer , it turns out, is Tim's Billionaire uncle, and Tim's only living relative. Tim has to prove he's got the right stuff in order to come into the business of his uncle, and the fortune of his uncle. He has to become a hobo and, as usual, he screws it all up. The Uncle lays down rules about cheating and stealing which, sad to say, are a low point of the film as Tim does steal a car later after he runs out of gas in a van that does not belong to him. This is never reconciled in the film, and as far as I was concerned this dis-qualified him from his intended inheritance. But...what the heck...movie logic is just that...movie logic. Who has figured it out yet? Anyway, as funny as Tim Conway can be, I have to say forget about this one. You don't need to see this film to know that most dogs are smarter than a whole lot of humans. An awful film, an awful print, and a story that has been abused over the decades and centuries...nothing really new here except for the attempts at re-telling the story...and this re-telling is not exceptional, nor is it worth the time it takes to watch it.

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