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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.

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

George Barr McCutcheon (novel), Winchell Smith (stage play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Botando un millón See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Associated Press reported on Saturday 2 September 1944, that after five days of shooting, someone broke into actor Dennis O'Keefe's bungalow on the studio lot the previous night, apparently using a passkey, and stole the two suits that he had been wearing during the first shooting week, said a spokesman for Edward Small Productions. Unless studio wardrobe men can find matching material to recreate the suits, it was feared that the scenes in the can would have to be reshot to ensure continuity. See more »

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Peggy announces she's leaving on Friday, September 13th because that's the day Monty promised they could be married. However, in 1944, September 13th was a Wednesday. They may have gotten mixed up with Monty's birthday being on October 13th, which was actually a Friday in 1944. See more »

Quotes

Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster: Say, I heard you were in the Navy.
Jackson: So did the Japs. And when they did, there was more Hari-Kari and throat cutting than at a Harlem red party.
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Despite a ludicrous plot, the film is quite enjoyable.
29 March 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dennis O'Keefe never became a top-tier star and today is mostly forgotten. It's a shame, as although he may not have had 'the look', he was quite enjoyable in gangster and light comedy films. Here, he and decent dialog manage to take a silly plot and make it worth watching.

The film begins with Monty Brewster (O'Keefe) coming back home after the war. He plans on marrying his sweetie, Peggy (Helen Walker) and settling down to a happy life. However, he soon is contacted by a lawyer. Apparently a VERY eccentric distant uncle has died and left his $8,000,000 to Monty...IF he manages to spend a million of it in two months. Supposedly it's to make him appreciate the value of money and make him sick of spending--though this makes no sense. He also cannot give much of the money to charity. In the process, a funny thing happens...the more he invests in stupid schemes, the more money he seems to make!! And, Peggy is getting sick of him because Monty is NOT allowed to divulge the crazy conditions of the will.

While the film goes a bit overboard when Monty starts acting crazy when he can't get rid of his money, it's a fun and frenetic film. Not deep or sophisticated--just funny. So, provided you can just turn off your brain and enjoy, you'll like this film very much.


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