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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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

Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

When a phone rings on Brewster's desk, he picks up the wrong phone. His friend answers the ringing phone and passes it to Brewster and then places Brewster's hand set on the ringing phone's cradle, which would have ended the phone call. Brewster finishes his call and puts the handset on the other cradle. Then that phone rings and he has another conversation which is also impossible. See more »

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Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster: It's our civic duty to encourage hens to lay as many eggs as possible.
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Version of Brewster's Billions See more »

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
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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where oh where?...why oh why?
28 January 2006 | by jjelgarSee all my reviews

Where has this wonderfully funny movie been hiding all these years? And why? It's long been on my short list of films I wish would show up on home video, along with Mel Brooks' "High Anxiety" and Altman's "A Perfect Couple" and "A Wedding". Though most of what Allan Dwan directed before and after WWII was more or less serious, he made nothing but a dozen or so comedies/musicals from 1940 through 1945. And this may have been the best of them, certainly vastly superior to the 1985 Richard Pryor remake. The all-but-forgotten Dennis O'Keefe starred in the last several, including 2 that can still be found on VHS -- "Up in Mabel's Room" and "Getting Gertie's Garter". These may have constituted the last flowering of the screwball comedy genre that had produced so many hilarious films since the mid-30s. To be fair, "My Friend Irma", which introduced Martin & Lewis just a few years later, was probably the very last really worthy film of the genre. These Dwan/O'Keefe gems were not so much the Three Stooges/Marx Bros./Lucy breathless kind of silly as they were softer slapstick fare. In fact, they were the precursor of some of the earliest and funniest TV sitcoms -- Marie Wilson as "My Friend Irma", Elena Verdugo in "Meet Millie", Joan Davis in "I Married Joan" and Eve Arden as "Our Miss Brooks" -- all of which debuted in 1952. Granted, "Brewster's Millions" is by no means a great film, but it's typical of a kind of good light-hearted entertainment that many might enjoy today if given the chance.


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