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)
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 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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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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Referenced in Leave It to Beaver: Beaver's Prize (1959) See more »

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Not random gifts...
18 October 2005 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Nobody seems to remember that it wasn't actually random people to whom the million dollars was given. At the beginning of each show Tipton would send for his secretary, Michael Anthony. Tipton would say something pertaining to the person he'd decided to give the gift to, and say "Here's another Millionaire." He always knew some reason why the person needed the money or the lesson the money might teach. Anthony would fold the check into his portfolio and head out to deliver it. One episode I still remember had the money going to the young daughter of a contentious couple who needed the money. They found the million dollars notation in her bankbook and told her she shouldn't pretend and write things in the book. At the end of the show they hadn't yet discovered the money was real. It was a good show, fondly remembered.


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