Saturday, November 22, 2014
Classic Cinema Spotlight: Brewster's Millions
You may have heard of this title from the 1980's film by the same name starring Richard Pryor. Well, today I bring you a review of the original.
The gist the story is simple. Boy comes home from war, wants to marry girlfriend, gets derailed with an inheritance from a long lost uncle, then is told he has to spend ONE million dollars before he can get the other seven million! Phew! Talk about a doozy of a situation. Worse part is that he cannot tell anyone because then he loses all of the money. Of course that makes the situation open for hilarity and melodrama.
Brewster's Millions (1945) stars Dennis O'Keefe as Montague Brewster and Helen Walker as Peggy Gray, Brewster's love interest. June Havoc (Gypsy Rose Lee's younger sister) and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson have smaller but very entertaining roles.
This film isn't an academy award winning but its sweet and fun and it was really nice to see another version of this story. There are ten versions of this story that originally started out as a novel that was published in 1902.
Have you seen this version of Brewster's Millions? Can you imagine having to spend one million dollars in two months in order to receive seven more??