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Man with a Million (1954)

The Million Pound Note (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 18 June 1954 (USA)
As part of a bet, two aristocrats offer a penniless American a loan, without telling him that the amount is £1,000,000 in the form of a single banknote.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Mark Twain (story), Jill Craigie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Henry Adams
Ronald Squire ... Oliver Montpelier
Joyce Grenfell ... Duchess of Cromarty
A.E. Matthews ... Duke of Frognal
Maurice Denham ... Jonathan Reid
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Rock
Brian Oulton ... Lloyd
John Slater ... Parsons
Wilbur Evans Wilbur Evans ... American Ambassador
Hartley Power Hartley Power ... Lloyd Hastings
George Devine George Devine ... Chop House Proprietor
Bryan Forbes ... Todd
Gudrun Ure Gudrun Ure ... Renie (as Ann Gudrun)
Hugh Wakefield ... Duke of Cromarty
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Roderick Montpelier (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
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Storyline

An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Great fun... you can bank on it! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man with a Million See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Colour by) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The details of the £1,000,000 note are shown in the background to the opening credits of the film: June 20th 1903 London. See more »

Goofs

When Henry Adams is chasing the bank note you can clearly see modern telephone manhole covers on the pavement and television aerials on the rooftops. See more »

Quotes

[Henry has just eaten a slap-up meal in a restaurant and the proprietor is hassling him to pay the bill. He opens the envelope from the Montpelier brothers and sees the £1 million note]
Henry Adams: [hesitantly, in shock] I'm awfully sorry. I don't have anything smaller.
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Connections

Version of Your Show Time: The Million Pound Bank Note (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh John, No!
(uncredited)
(Folk song)
Sung by Totti Truman Taylor
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The Polar Difference A Piece Of Paper Can Make
20 December 2008 | by ChrysanthepopSee all my reviews

Based on Mark Twain's novel, 'The Millionaire Pound Note' takes an interesting satirical look at the hypocrisy stemming from class distinction in the 50s England. England is a country where class and wealth are given extreme significance, especially among the rich. The film shows the hypocrisy that existed among these people, how the rich are quick to change face when in an instant they find out that you're a man of wealth and how within the next moment they revert back to their condescending selves when all wealth is lost. Interestingly, 'The Millionaire' also briefly looks at how the English perceived Americans in that era. Rich Americans were welcomed as outsiders and the poor were quickly shunned away. The fact that he's an outsider either makes him more appealing or the complete opposite. The story sticks to the main theme by emphasizing on the hypocrisy of the upper class society but at the same time it also creates a balance that prevents the movie from being a mockery of the British society. The movie drags at some point but the love story appears at the right time and there is plenty of comedy to keep one entertained. A charming Gregory Peck totally nails the part and the luminous Jane Griffiths is a treat. Reginald Beckwith, as Peck's sidekick Rock is amusing. The ending is a little predictable but the director does an overall good job by rounding it up and presenting his points.


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