The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million) (1954)
Movie InfoReleased in the US as Man With a Million, The Million Pound Note is a satisfying adaptation of a satirical short story by Mark Twain. Gregory Peck plays Henry Adams, an impecunious American living by his wits in London. Henry becomes the object of a wager between millionaire brothers Oliver and Roderick Montpelier (Ronald Squire and Wilfred Hyde-White), who want to find out if a man with a million pound note in his bank account could live comfortably for one month on the strength of that note--without ever spending a penny of it. When Henry is given the note and lets it be known that he has it, every courtesy imaginable is extended to him by hoteliers, restauranteurs, etc. Trouble brews when Henry uses the note's reputation to speculate on the stock market. When his creditors demand that he produce the note as an act of faith, Henry is unable to do so, whereupon pandemonium reigns--and the audience's laughter cascades. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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The Million pound note is a great idea, you can see how and why Brewster's Millions (the second) and Trading Places were both influenced by it. Unfortunately, everything clever about the story is slightly marred by the clumsy visual comedy, particularly the scene where the note is blown away in the wind. It's dated for sure but what really makes it both watchable and lovable are the wonderful performances by some great actors who have long since passed. It's a shame about the ending and the unconvincing love story, but the rest is Gold.
Lite cinema featuring Gregory Peck as a penniless American stranded in London. On a bet, two wealthy bankers give him a million pound note with the stipulation that IF he can go one month without cashing it he can have any job his heart desires (within reason, of course).
Yes, it's a plot riddled with holes but with Peck carrying the film nobody seems to mind. A delightful little comedy.
This enjoyable fable from Mark Twain is a good natured forerunner to the likes of Trading Places and Mr. Deeds. An amusing satire on society and it's measure of a man's worth as the sycophants an honest, intelligent and upstanding working man (Gregory Peck at his most likeable) encounters treat him initially with disdain, which soon turns to obsequiousness once they realise that he is a "millionaire".More
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