The Million Pound Note

The Million Pound Note

Ronald Neame (1953)

84min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this lovely comedy, Gregory Peck plays a bankrupt American abroad, who is given the title bank note and told to keep it intact for a month. As the butt of a joke between two rich gamblers, Peck has problems at first, but then finds his "wealth" means he never has to spend a penny because his credit rating is so good. Set in Edwardian London, the picture has a lot of charm and gentle humour, owing to Peck's evident delight in the role and the unobtrusive direction of Ronald Neame. The witty script, based on the story by Mark Twain, was written by Jill Craigie, the film-maker wife of Michael Foot.

Summary

An eccentric multimillionaire bets his equally rich brother that if a man is known to be wealthy, he can obtain everything he needs on credit. To put this theory to the test, they give a £1million note to a penniless seaman, but instruct him never to spend it. Comedy adapted from a story by Mark Twain, starring Gregory Peck, Jane Griffiths, Joyce Grenfell and Wilfrid Hyde White.

Cast & Crew

Henry Adams Gregory Peck
Portia Lansdowne Jane Griffiths
Duchess of Cromarty Joyce Grenfell
Roderick Montpelier Wilfrid Hyde White
Oliver Montpelier Ronald Squire
Duke of Frognell AE Matthews
Mr Reid Maurice Denham
Rock Reginald Beckwith
Director Ronald Neame
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama