Miss Brewster's Millions (1926)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners  |   Countries - USA  |  
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George Barr McCutcheon's novel had already been filmed a couple of times (and would be filmed several times more after the advent of talkies). To make it a vehicle for Bebe Daniels, writer Monty Brice threw the story out the window and just kept the basic premise. Polly Brewster (Daniels) is working as a film extra when she gets word from Thomas Hancock (Warner Baxter) that she has inherited a million dollars from a rich uncle. The only problem is that she is supposed to invest the whole sum, taking only 30 dollars a week to live on -- about the same amount she is earning as an extra. But then Ned Brewster (Ford Sterling) shows up to inform her that yet another rich uncle wants to give her five million dollars -- providing she spend the first million she received in just 30 days. Polly makes a mad rush to get rid of the sum, and winds up sinking a good portion of it into a film company. Unfortunately, at the end of the 30 days, it turns out that the uncle with the five million has gone bankrupt. Polly is saved from the poorhouse when Mr. Brent, the production company's director (Andre de Beranger), comes up with a hit film. Polly is in the money again, and she and Hancock get married.



actor, inheritance, money, spending-spree, film-industry, business, investing, uncle