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Film / The Million Pound Note

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The Million Pound Note (also called Man With a Million and Big Money) is a 1954 film starring Gregory Peck, based on a short story by Mark Twain.

A mishap while sailing results in Henry Adams being stranded in England with no money. He gets caught up in a wager between two brothers, and is given a one million pound banknote, but there's a catch: he must not spend the banknote for a month. As soon as word gets out, Mr. Adams is treated like a millionaire. Naturally, things start to go wrong.


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  • Accidental Bid: Henry, while at an auction, waves at a child. The auctioneer thinks he's bidding.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted. The Duke of Frognal is a bit of a jerk, but he isn't evil; he only hides the note for a joke, and returns it as soon as he sees the trouble it causes Henry.
  • Eccentric Millionaire:
    • Everyone thinks Henry is this.
    • The Montpelier brothers really are this. They have a million pound banknote created, give it to a random stranger, and promise him a job if he avoids spending it for a month, just for a bet.
  • The Edwardian Era: The film is set in 1903.
  • Epic Fail: The hotel staff's attempt at carrying Rock's "suitcase".
  • Old-Fashioned Rowboat Date: Between Henry and Portia.
  • Mistaken Identity: A hotel is expecting Henry at any minute. Rock, a bodybuilder, happens to walk by. Naturally, the hotel staff mistake him for Henry. Hilarity Ensues.
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  • Oh, Crap!: Henry and Rock, when they realise the note is missing.
  • The Speechless: Rock is unable to speak.
  • Zillion-Dollar Bill: The titular note, obviously. The difficulties created by a banknote for such a large sum are part of the bet.


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