A Million Bid came about because Warner Bros. promised a film of that title to exhibitors in early 1927. Unable to deliver at that time, Warners offered theaters its annual Dolores Costello "special" Old San Francisco instead. Exhibitors were so pleased with this money-maker that they were willing to forgive the studio for reneging on A Million Bid, though it was made clear that Warners would have to "make good" with this title before the year was out or else face legal action. As a result, the studio slapped together this minor melodrama about an imperiled heroine (Dolores Costello again), forced into a marriage of convenience, whose fate hinges upon the delivery of an intercepted letter. For most of the proceedings, the girl is separated from her true love, a brilliant surgeon (Malcolm McGregor), only to be brought together in the closing reel despite strenuous intervention from the villain (Warner Oland). A Million Bid may not have been worth the wait, but Warners fulfilled its contract, and everyone was happy.
by Hal Erickson synopsis