Miss Tatlock's Millions

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Miss Tatlock's Millions
Directed by Richard Haydn
Produced by Charles Brackett
Written by Charles Brackett
Richard L. Breen (screenplay)
Based on play Oh Brother by Jacques Deval
Starring John Lund
Wanda Hendrix
Barry Fitzgerald
Robert Stack
Music by Victor Young
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Everett Douglas
Doane Harrison
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • November 19, 1948 (1948-11-19)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.3 million (US rentals)[1]

Miss Tatlock's Millions is an American screwball comedy film directed by Richard Haydn in 1948.


Tim Burke, a movie stuntman, is approached by a fellow named Denno Noonan with a peculiar offer. Noonan identifies himself as an employee of the eccentric millionaire Schuyler Tatlock, who moved to Hawaii and has not been seen in public for years.

Schuyler is dead, Denno says, but he doesn't want the family to know that. Instead, he wants Burke to pretend to be Schuyler at a reading of the dead man's will. It will only take three days and Burke would be rewarded handsomely for his trouble.

Burke dyes his hair and affects the voice and manner of the somewhat scatterbrained millionaire the best he can. Schuyler's younger sister Nan is among those fooled. The dead man's fortune is to be divided between the two children. But when it turns out that Schuyler is to be solely responsible until the 19-year-old Nan can turn 21, Burke is adamant that he will not continue the masquerade for two whole years.

Trouble develops. Nicky Van Allen, a cousin, begins meddling in the family's affairs. Burke overhears a scheme for Nicky to marry Nan and get his hands on her money. And when he falls through a roof and is knocked unconscious, Burke wakes up speaking and acting in his normal way, confusing Nan until she decides that the blow has changed Schuyler's entire personality for the better.

Nan is so fond of her brother now that her feelings can't be real. Everything changes, though, when Denno produces the actual Schuyler, who is very much alive. Burke and Nan are pleased to discover that they no longer need to behave like brother and sister.



Paramount bought film rights to the play prior to publication.[2]


  1. ^ "Top Grossers of 1948", Variety 5 January 1949 p 46
  2. ^ LANA TURNER STAR IN 'LYDDY THOMAS': Actress to Play Lead in Metro Adaptation of Wolff Novel -- Swerling Doing Script By THOMAS F. BRADYSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 17 Dec 1947: 40.

External links[edit]

Miss Tatlock's Millions at the Internet Movie Database