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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nice work if you can get it
27 August 2004 | by (sparks nv) – See all my reviews

Apparently inspired by the '30s film "If I Had A Million", this was one of the better TV offerings of the Fabulous Fifties. A mysterious (and obviously eccentric) billionaire, John Beresford Tipton would, each week, write out a check for one million dollars and instruct his manservant Michael Anthony (aka Marvin Miller)to deliver it to its recipient, a total stranger, along with instructions that the lucky individual must never reveal it's source or its exact amount on pain of forfeiture. The scripts were, for the most part, literate and engrossing. In fact, it was reported at the time that some viewers found the premise so convincing that they actually wrote their local TV stations pleading to know where the reclusive Mr. Tipton lived so they could, hopefully, get a similar check. Of course, there were also viewers who actually thought "Mr. Ed" could really talk, but we digress. . . This show was, as already mentioned, one of the better shows back then ( as evinced by it's 5 year run ) and will, hopefully, one of these days, reappear on DVD. We should be so lucky.


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