Other People’s Money pits a corporate raider, Larry the Liquidator Garfield played by the very short Danny DeVito against Andrew Jorgenson (Gregory Peck, still lanky in his old age, looking down from a great height on DeVito – and DeVito’s character’s soullessness) who is committed to keeping a copper-wire manufacturing plant in Rhode Island running. The other parts of the corporation he has inherited and run for decades are making a profit, but the “flagship” operation is not. Larry the Liquidator is ready, more than willing, and quite able to inspire a majority of stockholders to close down the factory.
Eventually, both Jorgenson and Garfield address the stockholders. Both make powerful speeches (Jorgenson’s is Capraesque; Garfield’s an unsentimental appeal to self-interest), the stockholders vote… and then there is a copout coda. The economic conflicts are IMO the interesting part of the movie. Alas, seemingly more than half the running time is occupied with Larry attempting to bed attorney Kate Sullivan, Jorgenson’s step-daughter who is trying to block Garfield’s hostile takeover. In the part, Penelope Ann Miller is entertaining parrying his every thrust, but it’s difficult for me to believe that he is so set on bedding her. He doesn’t seem the type unable to recognize hopeless causes (Peck on the other hand is convincing in holding beliefs in responsibility to those who have worked for him and for his father before him…). —Epinions.com
Receiving his undergraduate education at Malvern Collegiate Institute, Victoria College and University of Toronto, Ontario-born director and producer Norman Jewison also studied piano and music theory at the Royal Conservatory. Following service in the navy and a brief sojourn as a cab driver, Jewison worked as an actor and scenarist in London. From 1953 through 1958, he was one of the top directors with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation television service; he continued to turn out top-ranked TV work when he was signed by CBS in New York, winning three Emmys between 1958 and 1961. His first feature film was 40 Pounds of Trouble (1962), which led to a long-term contract with Universal. In 1963, Jewison took on the daunting task of executive producing the much-troubled Judy Garland Show, emerging from this failed 26-week project with little if any egg on his face. The first of Jewison’s films to be greeted with the same critical effusion as his TV work was The Cincinnati Kid (1965… read more