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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 ... Mikhail 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:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Edward Small Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Upon it's original release, the film was banned in Memphis TN where officials found Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson's servant character had "too familiar a way about him" and that the movie overall depicted "too much social equality and racial mixture." See more »

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Mikhail Mikhailovich: Can she dance? Have you got as glass of water and a piano?
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Version of Miss Brewster's Millions (1926) See more »

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Havoc in June
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Music by Louis Forbes
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A late screwball comedy
8 February 2009 | by SHAWFANSee all my reviews

I originally saw this film when I was a boy of 7 (assuming it was in the year the film was released, 1945) and I've been waiting all those 64 years to see it again, since it stuck permanently in my childish mind as a delightful experience. Well, upon finally seeing it again on TCM, on February 2, 2009, like several other of your commentators, I still think it's a delightful experience, and I couldn't believe my ears when it was announced to be broadcast as a TCM premiere. I believe it's the non-stop snappiness of the dialogue in true screwball comedy fashion which makes it so endlessly entertaining. Up till now I've given the prize for snappy dialogue to the biopic of Dorothy Parker (name and year?) in whose opening scene all the witty Algonquineers throw verbal shafts at one another as the camera pans across them one by one; but BM is right in there as a contender for that title. The one-liners went by so fast I can't remember a single one of them; but they're all good. Who wrote such witty stuff? I was sure it must have been a Preston Sturges comedy until the deco logo flashed across the screen "An Edward Small Production." Edward who? This was the first time I had ever seen or noticed that name before. Yet on IMDb his bio and filmography as a producer are a mile long. I'll have to investigate more of ES' work.


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