Brewster's Millions (1921 film)

Brewster's Millions is a lost[1] 1921 American comedy film starring Fatty Arbuckle.[2] It is an adaptation of the 1902 novel written by George Barr McCutcheon as well as the 1906 Broadway smash hit play of the same name starring Edward Abeles.[3]

Brewster's Millions
Brewsters Millions - newspaperad - 1921.jpg
A newspaper advertisement for the film.
Directed byJoseph Henabery
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Written byWalter Woods
Based onBrewster's Millions
by George Barr McCutcheon
Brewster's Millions
by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley
StarringFatty Arbuckle
CinematographyKarl Brown
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 28, 1921 (1921-01-28)
Running time
61 minutes; 6 reels (5,502 feet)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As summarized in a film publication,[4] 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.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Brewster's Millions
  2. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Brewster's Millions". Retrieved December 19, 2008.
  3. ^ 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,
  4. ^ "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. February 6, 1921. Retrieved March 9, 2014.

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