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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.

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Oliver Montpelier
Joyce Grenfell ...
Duchess of Cromarty
A.E. Matthews ...
Duke of Frognal
Maurice Denham ...
Reginald Beckwith ...
Brian Oulton ...
Lloyd
John Slater ...
Parsons
Wilbur Evans ...
American Ambassador
Hartley Power ...
Lloyd Hastings
George Devine ...
Chop House Proprietor
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Todd
Gudrun Ure ...
Renie (as Ann Gudrun)
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Duke of Cromarty
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Roderick Montpelier (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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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

When Adams and Portia are on the patio and it starts to rain, the sun is still shining, and it keeps on shining throughout the downpour. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in Trading Places (1983) See more »

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Oh John, No!
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(Folk song)
Sung by Totti Truman Taylor
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really rather good
20 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

A rare foray into British films for Gregory Peck, and the journey seems to have done him good as this film shows him in one of his better performances (alongside Roman Holiday and To Kill a Mockingbird).

Henry Adams is given the million-pound note of the title and is challenged to keep it, intact, for a month. And that's the whole premise of the film - but along the way there is a chase along a windswept street, a dumb strongman, a rich girl, a gold mine, Joyce Grenfell, a bet, and a rather snooty tailor.

The film manages to poke fun both at the Americans and the British, as well as highlighting the class differences still prevalent in this country even today. Henry Adams' plight could be the one of any lottery winner in 2007, although this being movieland, all works out for the best in the end.

Interesting to compare with Mr Deeds Goes To Town, another film about a dotty philanthropist who comes into sudden wealth.


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