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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 »

Genres:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The prop £1,000,000 note was larger in both size (about 7 x 9 inches) and value than any real note produced by the Bank of England up to that time, even notes for internal use. However, the bank still imposed strict regulations, which were violated when posters advertising the movie showed a reproduction of the note. This had to be covered over before the posters were allowed to be used. See more »

Goofs

The flag outside the U.S. consulate features 48 stars, although an American flag in 1903 would have had only 45 stars. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Reid: Now what about a cycling suit, Mr. Adams ? Cycling is all the rage nowadays. And then of course there is Ascot.
Henry Adams: I'm not gonna do any cycling and I'm not gonna do any Ascotting. Sailing is my hobby.
Mr. Reid: Ah ! The sport of kings. Very right and proper for a personage such as yourself.
Henry Adams: I thought racing was the sport of kings ?
Mr. Reid: [unperturbed] Then it ought to be sailing !
[to his assistant]
Mr. Reid: Nip in the waist a bit.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Gilbert
Sung by Gregory Peck
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money man
15 July 2010 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Gregory Peck is a "Man with a Million" in this 1954 British film directed by Ronald Neame. Besides Peck, the stars are Ronald Squire, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Hartley Power, Maurice Denham, Bryan Forbes, and Portia Lansdowne.

An out of work, broke American sailor, Henry Adams (Peck) is given a one million pound bank note by two men who have made a bet. If Adams can return the note in one month, intact, the two gentlemen will help him find work.

Turns out that all he has to do is show the note, and he's showered with clothes, a swanky hotel room, and introductions into high society.

This is a slight but entertaining film about the power of money or even implied money. When Adams goes to get help from the consulate originally, they can't do anything for him. When he shows the note, they offer him a loan. It rings true in today's economy, where wealthy people have no problem getting loans from a bank, but if you really need one - forget it! Peck is young, very handsome, and quite good. All in all, this isn't much, but it is a good watch.


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