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Release Date:
7 April 1945 (USA) See more »
In order to inherit $7,000,000, an ex-soldier must spend $1,000,000 in two months' time. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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He's "in the money" but has to lose it... See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster

Helen Walker ... Peggy Gray

June Havoc ... Trixie Summers

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Jackson

Gail Patrick ... Barbara Drew

Mischa Auer ... Mikhail Mikhailovich

Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Gray

John Litel ... Swearengen Jones

Joe Sawyer ... Hacky Smith

Neil Hamilton ... Mr. Grant

Herbert Rudley ... Nopper Harrison

Thurston Hall ... Colonel Drew
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Acuff ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Chester Conklin ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)

Joseph Crehan ... Notary (uncredited)

Helen Dickson ... Woman at Yacht Party (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Hold-Up Victim (uncredited)

William Forrest ... Yacht Captain (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Attorney Lyons (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Eddie (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... First Mate (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Lefty Leach (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Man at Yacht Party (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Waiter on Yacht (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Grady Sutton ... Packard - Costume Designer (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Door to Door Salesman (uncredited)

George Tyne ... Cab Driver (uncredited)

Charles C. Wilson ... Charlie - the Stage Director (uncredited)

Directed by
Allan Dwan 
Writing credits
George Barr McCutcheon (novel)

Winchell Smith (stage play) and
Byron Ongley (stage play)

Sig Herzig (screenplay) (as Siegfried Herzig) &
Charles Rodgers (screenplay) (as Charles Rogers) and
Wilkie C. Mahoney (screenplay) (as Wilkie Mahoney)

Produced by
Edward Small .... producer
Original Music by
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Richard V. Heermance  (as Richard Heermance)
Art Direction by
Joseph Sternad 
Set Decoration by
Sydney Moore 
Costume Design by
Odette Myrtil  (as Odette)
Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Burch .... assistant director
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... sound (as John Carter)
Joseph I. Kane .... re-recording and effects mixer (uncredited)
Harold E. McGhan .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Howard A. Anderson .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... transparency projection shots (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eddie Fitzgerald .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Grant Whytock .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Louis Forbes .... musical director
Harold Byrns .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Henry Russell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Edward Small .... presenter
Grant Whytock .... assistant to producer

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | USA:Approved (certificate #10416)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 31, 1947 with Dennis O'Keefe reprising his film role.See more »
Factual errors: When the man first comes from the law firm and asks Brewster a bunch of questions about his identity, he specifically asks if he was born in 1914, and Brewster says yes. The movie was released in April 1945, and there is absolutely no indication that it is any earlier. Brewster had to spend all the money by his 30th birthday, which was impossible, as his birthday had already passed several months earlier.See more »
Hacky Smith:[seeing how fast Monty's losing money] I wisht I was back in a foxhole.See more »
When Johnny Comes Marching HomeSee more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
He's "in the money" but has to lose it..., 2 February 2009
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

This is a harmless screwball romp (one of the last of its kind) from the '40s starring DENNIS O'KEEFE as a man who, to satisfy the whim of a wealthy relative, has to spend $1,000,000 within a short amount of time in order to qualify for a $7,000,000 inheritance.

The script makes sure that he has a hard time ridding himself of dough. Seems everything he touches suddenly has the Midas touch. It's stretching it a bit when he even gets a telephone call from some radio show blithely announcing that he just won $25,000. It should happen to all of us, most of whom are still waiting for the Prize Patrol to show up at our door from Publisher's Clearing House.

Anyway, the script makes sure that O'Keefe has to mug his way through many hapless situations involving show biz connections, a fancy yacht, horse racing, everything that conceivably could give him a chance of losing money--but of course there's a happy ending.

Nice to see so many '40s players in the supporting roles. HELEN WALKER, NEIL HAMILTON, JOHN LITEL, JUNE HAVOC,MISCHA AUER, GAIL PATRICK, EDDIE "ROCHESTER" ANDERSON among others.

Allan Dwan directed and keeps things moving at a fast clip. And whatever happened to DENNIS O'KEEFE? He was a good light comedian and did a lot of straight dramatic roles too. Then suddenly he was out of sight in the movies, swallowed up by television for most of his career.

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