Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This multiplotted (and unsold) TV pilot was inspired by the classic 1932 film of the same name. Like the earlier film, the various storylines are sparked by a wealthy philanthropist (Peter Kastner) who chooses names at random from a phone book, then bestows one million tax-free dollars upon those chosen. Also like the 1932 picture, each of the four short playlets are scripted by four different writers (or writing teams). In one episode, a syndicate chauffeur (John Schuck) is afraid to tell his suspicious mob employers that he's come into money. In another episode, an old lady (Ruth McDevitt) breaks away from her selfish family to find romance. In still another episode, Ken Mars doesn't know whether to share his good fortune with his wife or his mistress. The last installment, titled "First the Tube, and Now You Darling", stars perennial game show contestant Brett Somers as the lucky (?) recipient. If I Had a Million ran only one hour, thus it hasn't made the syndication rounds as a TV movie.
chauffeur, gangster, millionaire, mistress, romance, wealth, wife