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flixsterman
Super Reviewer
February 1, 2009
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.
garyX
Super Reviewer
April 19, 2007
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".
August 24, 2008
Well translated and warmly received in China in the 1950-60s, Man with a Million reveals the materiality in the immaterial note in the capiltalist economic mode. The interesting thing is why it was introduced in China then when socialist realism mode took the dominating position. Such a translingual practice tries to expose the hypercritical essence of Capitalism, which foregrounds the unquenchable desire for capital, but apperantly tells more than it in the Chinese context.
April 7, 2016
A fun feel good film with good redeeming features that just goes to show how silly society can be when it comes to money.
January 23, 2016
A story way before it's time. Some charming moments.
March 26, 2015
Likeable comedy as a penniless american in London is given a Million Pound note but isn't allowed to spend a penny of it for a whole month.
½ September 24, 2013
(67%)
A charming comedy set in Edwardian London that plays as you probably would expect. Very much a Saturday matinee movie that, for the most part at least, works well.
November 6, 2013
I saw "Trading Places" not knowing that the story had already been done. Pretty funny , and really cute .
½ September 25, 2013
A fantasized and comedian revelation of the basic human nature: without money, you are nothing. Pretty enjoyable.
March 12, 2013
very enjoyable and funny movie that evaulates what different people would do if they had a fortune and how it affects their lives.
½ March 31, 2009
fantastic film, Gregory Peck is fantastic as "The Millionaire"
April 29, 2012
An entertaining movie based on a Mark Twain story...Peck is charming as usual
April 24, 2012
Directed by Ronald Neame, (Tunes of Glory (1960), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972)), and based upon a short story by Mark Twain. This is a charming and funny British film with a good American lead, it's a wonder Ealing never picked up on this one, as it's up their street. Set in London in 1903, it has American Henry Adams (Gregory Peck), who accidentally got stranded in England after a boating incident, wandering the streets penniless and unable to get home or find work. But, he chances upon rich, eccentric brothers Oliver (Ronald Squire) and Roderick Montpelier (Wilfrid Hyde-White), who have been able to convince the Bank of England to issue a one million pound banknote. They give it to Henry in an envelope, (unawares of the contents), as the brothers have a wager, believing Henry will be able to get by with it without actually having to spend it. Henry gets a shock when he learns how much was in the envelope, and he is mistaken for an eccentric millionaire, and he mingles with aristocracy, falling for heiress Portia Lansdowne (Jane Griffiths), but then the note goes missing... It's a fun, exciting morality tale, with Peck very likable as the poor American done good, and it has some good moments of comedy and thrills along the way. It's a wonder no-one has tried to remake this one, as it's the sort of story Hollywood would kill to do in a contemporary setting, but this has a unique and quirky charm.
July 15, 2010
Some things never change; those with lots of money or at least the appearance of lots of of money will have more thrown at them, and people will value them and their opinions more. The story illustrated this fairly longwindedly (although the film wasn't long) but was harmless fun.
March 29, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch....its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie....i think that maurice denham, a.e matthews, gergory peck, joyce grenfell, ronald squire play good roles/parts throughout this movie....i think that the director of this comedy/classics/drama movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie...i think that gregory peck/joyce grenfell were good throughout this movie....i think that this is a good classics movie 2 watch
½ February 11, 2010
Practically a twist on the "Brewster's Millions" storyline. It's okay, but nowhere near as funny or charming as most Ealing comedies.
flixsterman
Super Reviewer
February 1, 2009
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.
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