Brewster's Millions (1945)
Brewster's Millions (1945)
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as Montague L. 'Monty' Brewster
as Peggy Gray
as Trixie Summers
as Barbara Drew
as Michael Michaelovich
as Hacky Smith
as Mrs. Gray
as Swearengen Jones
as Nopper Harrison
as Colonel Drew
as Mr. Grant
as Cab Driver
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This adaptation of the fairly ubiquitous play (up to this point in history) is a comedy classic that actually deals with the spendthrift attitude of a generation still livid towards the Great Depression, and equally appropriate towards our attitudes today, amidst our recession. The story concerns a returning GI from World War II named Montague (Monty) Brewster (O'Keefe). He wants to marry his dream girl Peggy (Walker) and start working to complete his vision of the American Dream. Shortly after arriving home Monty receives word from the estate of a long dead uncle, telling him he has inherited a million dollars. What he doesn't know is that there's an additional eight million dollars, and to get it he has to spend the million before his 30th birthday, which is in two months' time. The lesson is that spending money is not fun, and with Monty bound by secrecy to not tell anyone he knows about the venture, he also learns that money can lead to ruin and losing everyone you actually care about. It's an interesting and valid lesson, which makes the setup that much more inspired. On top of the great premise and elaborate set-up, there's the comedic aspect to the story. O'Keefe is perfectly cast as the "average Joe" who just wants to leave behind his time away, get his buddies some jobs, and marry his sweetheart. The ways in which he falls all over himself trying to juggle the lies his inheritance forces him to tell and keeping his fiancée happy keep you in stitches throughout. It's also entertaining to watch him try to spend all of his money, which may have been a bit harder to do in the forties than today with all our luxuries and careless spending. Brewster is also struck with good fortune on numerous occasions, which makes everyone around him happy while it may put himself in ruin, adding to the confusion and humor of the film. It stands the test of time and is one of the great American classic comedy films.
The film has been made a number of times. It's a wonderful premise of a story & the 1940's version is such an iconic era in American history. The film is entertaining and wonderfully casted. The directing comes up short as the film hits a few dry moments in the story, it slows down the flow of the story, & drags on longer than needed. Overall a fun story.
"Brewster's Millions" is a classic story that has been put onto the silver screen several times. The 1945 version is not my favorite version but it still brings the story to life in an entertaining way. I think that the problem with this film is its cast. Dennis O'Keefe is good in the titular role as he has to spend a fortune in as many clever ways as he can muster. I also really enjoyed Eddie Anderson as the loyal servant who is overly supportive of his boss' spending. But the rest of the cast is flat and unmemorable. Although the story is a comedy, this version may be a bit too lighthearted and losing the anxiety for Brewster to succeed. The horse race scene is definitely memorable and I thought that the ending was very clever and comical. While I much prefer the 1985 Richard Pryor version, this edition of "Brewster's Millions" still creates that exhilaration as one man throws away everything that he has.
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