Richest Girl in the World, The (1934): Seiter’s Romantic Comedy, Starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea

William A. Seiter directed The Richest Girl in the World a romantic comedy, starring Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea.

The Richest Girl in the World
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Norman Krasna was nominated for the Best Story Oscar.

It was remade in 1944 as Bride by Mistake with Laraine Day and Alan Marshal.

When the Titanic sinks, infant Dorothy Hunter (Miriam Hopkins) is left an orphan. She is brought up by John Connors (Henry Stephenson), whose wife was also lost in the disaster.

Connors tries to protect her privacy.  As an adult, she has acquired the title of the richest girl in the world, but the press do not have a photo of her. She returns to America, but her friend and secretary, Sylvia Lockwood (Fay Wray), impersonates her while meeting with the managers of her fortune.


Directed by William A. Seiter
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Norman Krasna
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by George Crone
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures

Release date: September 21, 1934

Running time: 76 minutes


TCM showed it on January 21, 2021.