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Brewster's Millions (1945)

Approved | | Comedy | 7 April 1945 (USA)
In order to inherit $7,000,000, an ex-soldier must spend $1,000,000 in two months' time.


Allan Dwan


George Barr McCutcheon (novel), Winchell Smith (stage play) | 4 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Dennis O'Keefe ... Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster
Helen Walker ... Peggy Gray
June Havoc ... Trixie Summers
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Jackson
Gail Patrick ... Barbara Drew
Mischa Auer ... Mickey Mikhailovich
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Gray
John Litel ... Swearengen Jones
Joe Sawyer ... Hacky Smith
Neil Hamilton ... Mr. Grant
Herbert Rudley ... Nopper Harrison
Thurston Hall ... Colonel Drew


Monty Brewster is a penniless, former U.S. Army soldier back from World War II Europe who learns that he has inherited $8 million from a distant relative, but there's a catch: he must spend $1 million of that money in less than two months before his 30th birthday in order to inherit the rest. Since he cannot tell anyone about spending the money as part of the agreement, everyone thinks that Brewster has flipped when he practically knocks himself out on a spending spree to get rid of the $1 million in time. Written by matt-282

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It's a HOWLUVA Lot of Fun!




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The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played over the opening credits and throughout the film
Sung partially by Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, Nana Bryant,
Joe Sawyer and Herbert Rudley
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A Quick Million
30 September 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Home from service in World War II, business-minded Dennis O'Keefe (as Montague "Monty" Brewster) wants to marry curvy blonde sweetheart Helen Walker (as Peggy Gray) right away. The couple has clearly waited long enough. However, a lawyer arrives with news that postpones the nuptials and Mr. O'Keefe's longed-for honeymoon. He has inherited one million dollars from his anthropologist uncle - but there are stipulations. O'Keefe must spend the million in two months to obtain the real prize - seven million dollars. He must not reveal the will's million-dollar detail to anyone, including Ms. Walker. His deceased uncle believes O'Keefe should "learn to hate spending money." O'Keefe thinks spending the million will be a "cinch," but you know otherwise...

"Brewster's Millions" is a fun, fast-paced version of the classic story...

By speed-reading the lead performance, O'Keefe and director Allan Dwan help make it more believable; if you stopped to catch your breath, you would likely think of some better ways to spend the million. This also distracts from the fact that the self-described "poor" couple already look like millionaires - they are beautifully-dressed, live in what looks like a mansion and are waited on by loyal Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (as Jackson). By the way, Mr. Anderson infuses his role with more dignity than expected. Another obvious strength is Mr. Dwan giving the old stage play an almost three-dimensional quality. Observe, for example how Dwan introduces Anderson through a soapy window. And throughout the film, Dwan uses his sets, cameras and players exceptionally well.

******** Brewster's Millions (4/7/45) Allan Dwan ~ Dennis O'Keefe, Helen Walker, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, June Havoc

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Release Date:

7 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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