In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.
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 Michael Anthony (206 episodes, 1955-1960)
Paul Frees ...
 John Beresford Tipton / ... (206 episodes, 1955-1960)
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John Beresford Tipton is a multi millionaire and among the things he does with his money is to give away a million dollars to people he doesn't know. So every week Tipton who is not seen, instructs his assistant, Michael Anthony to go bring the person he chose their check. And he asks them to sign an agreement not to tell anyone how they got the money. And we see how the recipients lives are changed. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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19 January 1955 (USA)  »

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If You Had a Million  »

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(205 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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As the series progressed:
  • $1,000,000 in 1955 had the same purchasing power as $8,713,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $8,588,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1957 had the same purchasing power as $8,307,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1958 had the same purchasing power as $8,085,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $8,010,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1960 had the same purchasing power as $7,890.000 in 2013.
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My Encounter With Michael Anthony
11 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to work for a Los Angeles-based savings and loan company. Their pitch to retirees was to host "Golden Days of Television" personal appearances by 50's TV actors, including their spokesman, Harry Von Zell of Burns and Allen fame. I walked into the Alhambra, CA branch and spotted Marvin Miller holding court! I rushed over and asked the then-ultimate trivia question- "Who played John Beresford Tipton?" "Paul Frees" was the answer. He then whipped out an already-printed "check" from "The First National Bank of Silverstone", in the amount of "$1,000,000.00 in Good Wishes", signed it "Michael Anthony" and handed it to me. I've kept it for 30 years, hoping to cash it some day. As an additional bit of trivia, the establishing shot of "Silverstone" is the mansion at the corner of Orange Grove and Green Streets in Pasadena, now the headquarters of Ambassador College and built, as a winter residence, by a late president of U.S. Steel.


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