6.9/10
2,544
21 user 2 critic

Man with a Million (1954)

The Million Pound Note (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 June 1954 (USA)
As part of a bet, two aristocrats offer a penniless American a loan, without telling him that the amount is £1,000,000 in the form of a single banknote.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Roistering sea captain Jonathan Clark, who poaches seal pelts from Russian Alaska, meets and woos Russian countess Marina in 1850 San Francisco. Events separate them, but after an exciting ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ann Blyth, Anthony Quinn
Adventure | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After losing his bride in a Luftwaffe air raid, bomber pilot Forrester becomes a solitary killing machine, who doesn't care whether he dies. The reckless Canadian pilot is both admired and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Gregory Peck, Bernard Lee, Win Min Than
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Maurice de Canonge
Stars: Jacques Pills, Danielle Godet, Armand Bernard
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get ... See full summary »

Director: Zoltan Korda
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Bennett, Robert Preston
Arabesque (1966)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Story of international intrigue involving a university professor, an Arab prime minister, a ruthless businessman, a beautiful spy, and hieroglyphics.

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Alan Badel
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In 1944, an Army doctor is in charge of a neuropsychiatric ward at an Army Air Corps hospital in Arizona and he must deal with a variety of tough cases.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Gregory Peck, Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young writer goes to Wiesbaden to write about gambling and gamblers, only to ultimately become a compulsive gambler himself. Losing all his wealth, as well as his moral fibre, he commits ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Melvyn Douglas
Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A despised cavalry commander is unfairly blamed by his troop for the death of a popular officer and must redeem himself in front of his men during an Indian attack on the fort.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Gregory Peck, Barbara Payton, Ward Bond
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a ... See full summary »

Director: John M. Stahl
Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price
The Bravados (1958)
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man is chasing four outlaws who killed his wife and finds them in a small town's jail but they escape to Mexico.

Director: Henry King
Stars: Gregory Peck, Joan Collins, Stephen Boyd
Yellow Sky (1948)
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A pistol-packing tomboy and her grandfather discover a band of bank robbing bandits taking refuge in the neighboring ghost town.

Director: William A. Wellman
Stars: Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, Richard Widmark
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A sportswriter and a fashion-designer marry after a whirlwind romance, and discover they have little in common.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Gregory Peck, Lauren Bacall, Dolores Gray
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Joyce Grenfell ...
A.E. Matthews ...
Maurice Denham ...
Jonathan Reid
Reginald Beckwith ...
Brian Oulton ...
John Slater ...
Wilbur Evans ...
American Ambassador
Hartley Power ...
George Devine ...
Chop House Proprietor
...
Gudrun Ure ...
Renie (as Ann Gudrun)
...
...
Roderick Montpelier (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Edit

Storyline

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Laughter by the bushel... love by the Peck! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

18 June 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man with a Million  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Color:

(Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The prop £1,000,000 note was larger in both size (about 7 x 9 inches) and value than any real note produced by the Bank of England up to that time, even notes for internal use. However, the bank still imposed strict regulations, which were violated when posters advertising the movie showed a reproduction of the note. This had to be covered over before the posters were allowed to be used. See more »

Goofs

The flag outside the U.S. consulate features 48 stars, although an American flag in 1903 would have had only 45 stars. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Reid: Now what about a cycling suit, Mr. Adams ? Cycling is all the rage nowadays. And then of course there is Ascot.
Henry Adams: I'm not gonna do any cycling and I'm not gonna do any Ascotting. Sailing is my hobby.
Mr. Reid: Ah ! The sport of kings. Very right and proper for a personage such as yourself.
Henry Adams: I thought racing was the sport of kings ?
Mr. Reid: [unperturbed] Then it ought to be sailing !
[to his assistant]
Mr. Reid: Nip in the waist a bit.
See more »

Connections

Version of Your Show Time: The Million Pound Bank Note (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Tempus adest floridum
(uncredited)
Traditional
Whistled by Gregory Peck
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Million Pound Guinea Pig
3 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Million Pound Note finds its way into the hands of a penniless American sailor who hasn't a pence to his name as he arrives in the United Kingdom at the turn of the last century. Gregory Peck who plays the sailor by chance runs into two elderly English brothers, Ronald Squires and Wilfrid Hyde-White, both filthy rich and are having an academic discussion around money.

They give Peck a million pound note from the Bank of England and the idea is to present himself as an eccentric American millionaire and for one month live off the reputation of that note. Peck's not to pay one shilling or break the note in any way. He's to live strictly on credit for that month, live I might add in a posh London hotel, typically posh for the 1900 or so.

Before I watched The Million Pound Note tonight I saw a variation on the same theme in Pretty Woman. Julia Roberts goes to a chic Rodeo Drive store in Beverly Hills and the first time arriving in her hooker working clothes, she's shown the door, but quick. But as Richard Gere said to her, they don't respect people, but credit cards yes, the higher the spending limit, the better.

The Million Pound Note was Gregory Peck's first venture into comedy and if you're looking for a lot of gags and belly laughs, skip this film. What you will find is a nice piece of whimsical humor where Peck's essential decency is kind of turned on itself for laughs. He's perfectly willing to be an guinea pig as the two old gents will give him enough money to get back to America.

But in this as in so many films, Peck doesn't count on falling in love with young aristocrat Jane Griffiths. She doesn't mind him being penniless or so she tells him, but snooty aunt Joyce Grenfell sure does when word comes out Peck's a fake.

The Million Pound Note is a good film with Peck in a perfectly suited character for himself. And it proves the old adage that millionaires are eccentric and paupers are just crazy.


12 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?