Brewster's Millions (1921 film)
A newspaper advertisement for the film.
|Directed by||Joseph Henabery|
|Produced by||Adolph Zukor
|Written by||Walter Woods|
by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|61 minutes; 6 reels (5,502 feet)|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
Brewster's Millions is a lost 1921 American comedy film starring Fatty Arbuckle. It is an adaptation of the novel written by George Barr McCutcheon as well as the 1906 Broadway smash hit play of the same name starring Edward Abeles.
As summarized in a film publication, Monte Brewster's (Arbuckle) two grandfathers, one rich and the other a self-made man, squabble as to the way the infant should be raised. The mother steps in and decides to raise the child her way, which results in Monte being a clerk in a steamship office at the age of 21. At this point the grandfathers get together again, with one grandfather giving him $1 million, and the other offering $4 million provided that at the end of one year Monte spends the $1 million given by the other grandfather. Other conditions include that he be absolutely "broke" at the end of one year, that he not marry for five years, and not to tell any one of the arrangement. Young Brewster tries everything he can to get rid of the money, but everything he does and the wildest chances he takes result in more money for him. He hires three men to help him spend the money, but they take too much interest in investing it wisely. They hire Peggy Gray (Clarke) for a position in Monte's office to manage his affairs so that he will not lose his money. Peggy purchases some mines in Peru and a ship Monte has hired for a pleasure cruise is used to go to Peru, but they never get there. They rescue a ship in distress and then are forced to turn back. At the last minute Monte is dead broke but married to Peggy. But the salvage on the ship Monte rescued brings him $2 million, and the Peruvian government extends the time for working the mines, so everything ends happy.
- Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle as Monte Brewster
- Betty Ross Clarke as Peggy
- Fred Huntley as Mr. Brewster
- Marian Skinner as Mrs. Brewster
- James Corrigan as Mr. Ingraham
- Jean Acker as Barbara Drew
- Charles Ogle as Colonel Drew
- Neely Edwards as MacLeod
- William Boyd as Harrison
- L.J. McCarthy as Ellis
- J. Parker McConnell as Pettingill
- John MacFarlane as Blake
- The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Brewster's Millions
- "Progressive Silent Film List: Brewster's Millions". silentera.com. Retrieved December 19, 2008.
- Brewster's Millions original Broadway productions presented at the New Amsterdam Theatre (Dec 1 1906) and the Hudson Theatre(February 25 1907); total 163 performances, IBDb.com
- "Brewster's Millions: Laughs Galore and It's the Best Arbuckle Has Done Yet". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (35): 9. Feb 6, 1921. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
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