The Match King

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  • 1932
  • 1 hr 19 min
  • 6.9  (604)

The Match King is a 1932 film starring Warren William, Lili Damita, and Glenda Farrell. The movie tells the story of Paul Kroll (played by Warren William), a Swedish immigrant who rises to become a wealthy and powerful CEO through his cunning and manipulative business practices. The film opens with Kroll working as a door-to-door salesman, but he quickly sees an opportunity to make his fortune by selling matches. Kroll convinces a wealthy businessman to invest in his company, and before long, his match empire spans the globe. Kroll becomes a millionaire several times over, but his success is built on lies and deceit.

As Kroll's business continues to grow, he becomes arrogant and takes huge risks. He makes deals with dictators and corrupt politicians, and even goes to jail for a brief period for financial fraud. Kroll's relationships suffer as he becomes more consumed with his business, and he neglects his wife Marta (played by Lili Damita) and his mistress, Peggy (played by Glenda Farrell).

Ultimately, Kroll's business empire begins to crumble due to his risky investments, and he finds himself in serious trouble. His once-loyal business partners turn on him, and he is left alone to face the consequences of his actions.

Despite its age, The Match King is a surprisingly relevant film with its portrayal of corporate greed and corruption. Warren William gives a strong performance as the ruthless Paul Kroll, and his character is a chilling reminder of the dangers of unchecked ambition.

Overall, The Match King is a compelling drama that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of early 20th century business. Its themes of greed, power, and corruption are still relevant today, making it a timeless film that deserves to be seen by modern audiences.

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    6.9  (604)