Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byBert Hanlon
Eric Hatch
Produced byWalter Wanger
StarringHenry Fonda
Pat Paterson
Mary Brian
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Music byGerard Carbonara (uncredited)
John Leipold
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
July 22, 1936
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$278,085[1]

Spendthrift is a 1936 American romantic comedy film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Henry Fonda, Pat Paterson, Mary Brian and George Barbier. It was produced by Walter Wanger for release by Paramount Pictures.[2]


The once fabulously wealthy Townsend Middleton has to sell his polo horses in order to enter his filly Black Mamba in the Kentucky Derby. He loses everything he has left, but then marries gold-digging Sally Barnaby who mistakenly believes he is still a millionaire. Valerie, Middleton's loyal trainer manages to hide Black Mamba so it isn't repossessed by his creditors. Despite being broke, Middleton finds it impossible to resists his new wife's extravagant demands. Ultimately Middleton realizes he is better suited to Valerie and, with the help of a very wealthy uncle, he restores his fortunes while Black Mamba wins a key race.



The film recorded a loss of $126,925.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Matthew Bernstein, Walter Wagner: Hollywood Independent, Minnesota Press, 2000 p437
  2. ^ "Spendthrift". TCM. Retrieved 22 August 2012.