The Million Pound Note – 1954 – English
Comedy film directed in 1954 by Ronald Neame, and starring Gregory Peck, Ronald Squire, Joyce Grenfell, A.E. Matthews, Maurice Denham, Reginald Beckwith, Brian Oulton, John Slater, Wilbur Evans, Hartley Power, George Devine, Bryan Forbes, Gudrun Ure, Hugh Wakefield, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Jane Griffiths, Hugh Griffith…
Synopsis: An impoverished American sailor is fortunate enough to be passing the house of two rich gentlemen who have conceived the crazy idea of distributing a note worth one million pounds. The sailor finds that whenever he tries to use the note to buy something, people treat him like a king and let him have whatever he likes for free. Ultimately, the money proves to be more troublesome than it is worth when it almost costs him his dignity and the woman he loves.
Review: This is how the world moves. Money makes the mare go – little different here. Gregory Peck’s screen presence does the rest. Its a light hearted entertainment brewed with humour and some thrill. A must see movie on a rainy evening redolent of the golden past Hollywood era spanning the 50s.