A manner(less) comedy based on the painfully hilarious truth that it takes money to make money. Thing is, it might be a little too painful for some - taking an extra step beyond vicariousness. It cares just a little too much, not embracing the wink-and-nudge frivolity that makes for the best screwballs. So the tension at the end works even if its humor sometimes doesn't.
It works. Brewster's Millions by no means dazzles, but it never gives the impression that it is trying to either. The scale of the film meshes well with the performances given and there are certainly laughs to be had. Dennis O'Keefe as Montague Brewster does all that is asked and maybe even a little more in the rather long takes the film employs. He's the cherry on top of a delightful treat.
Excellent fast paced little comedy here. Felt a bit like a Carole Lombard film at times. Had only seen the lead in a few other films, like the noir Woman on the Run. Was nice to see him in a comedic role. Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson also gave a nice supporting performance, although Cabin In The Sky will probably always be his best moment.
Would that we had the wit and the comedic timing of the great screwball comedies. With a suberb script, wonderful performances and spot-on direction, this original soars above the crowd. A must-watch. The marvelous thing is the incredible American optimism of the entire production. We could use a dose of this now. Impeccable rhythm, the warp-speed pace just pushes us along to the conclusion with a rip and a roar!
Mildly amusing but so dated that it is depressing. A home in my neighborhood goes for $2-5 million now, and only all-cash offers accepted. Brewster could blow that million quickly just by going out to eat every night in San Francisco. Or by buying a movie poster for LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927).