Brewster's Millions (1914 film)

Brewster's Millions is a 1914 American comedy film directed by Oscar Apfel and Cecil B. DeMille and starred Edward Abeles. It is an adaptation of the 1902 novel written by George Barr McCutcheon. The novel had also been turned into a successful 1906 Broadway play of the same name that also starred Edward Abeles. Abeles' success in the play led to his being cast in this film.[1]

Brewster's Millions
Scene published in a newspaper.
Directed byOscar Apfel
Cecil B. DeMille
Based onBrewster's Millions
by George Barr McCutcheon
Brewster's Millions
by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley
StarringEdward Abeles
CinematographyAlvin Wyckoff
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • April 15, 1914 (1914-04-15)
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited States

Sydney Deane, who played the character of Jonas Sedgwick, made his film debut in Brewster's Millions and in doing so became the first Australian to appear in a Hollywood film.[2] The film is considered to be lost.[3]


Wealthy Edwin Peter Brewster disowns his son Robert when he marries Louise Sedgwick, a woman of modest means. Many years later, when Robert dies, however, E.P. Brewster leaves one million dollars to their son Monty, a bank clerk. Shortly thereafter, Monty learns that he has inherited seven million dollars from his Uncle George on the stipulation that Monty divest himself of his grandfather's fortune within a year, without revealing why. A further stipulation is that the money must be used only for personal expenditures. Monty spends lavishly, invests in stock and makes a bet on a prize fight, but the bet and the stocks pay off. In desperation he rents and repairs a yacht to sail around the world. At one port, Monty saves Peggy Gray, his childhood sweetheart, from abduction by an Arab sheik. On the eve of gaining possession of the money, Monty proposes to Peggy, who eagerly accepts, thinking that Monty is a pauper. Then a cable informs Monty that Swearengen Jones, his uncle's executor, has absconded with the fortune. Unperturbed, Peggy and Monty marry but then are presented with the inheritance as a wedding present by Jones, who turns out to be a practical joker.



  1. ^ Birchard, Robert S. (2004). Cecil B. DeMille's Hollywood. University Press of Kentucky. p. 14. ISBN 0-813-12324-0.
  2. ^ Bonnell, M. (2004) "Men of Many Talents", The Journal of the Cricket Society, vol. 21, no. 4., The Cricket Society
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Brewster's Millions". Silent Era. Retrieved March 24, 2008.

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