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HISTORY

Edward Abeles recreated the role of Robert and Monty Brewster from his long-running theatrical success. Many versions of the film have been made, including a 1921 Paramount production directed by Joseph Henabery (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0592), a 1945 Paramount production directed by Alan Dwan and a 1985 Richard Pryor film made by Universal. Wilfrid Buckland is listed as the art director for this film in modern ... More Less

Edward Abeles recreated the role of Robert and Monty Brewster from his long-running theatrical success. Many versions of the film have been made, including a 1921 Paramount production directed by Joseph Henabery (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.0592), a 1945 Paramount production directed by Alan Dwan and a 1985 Richard Pryor film made by Universal. Wilfrid Buckland is listed as the art director for this film in modern sources. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motog
18 Apr 14
p. 281.
Motog
2 May 14
pp. 293-94.
Motog
16 May 14
p. 328.
MPW
6 Feb 15
p. 60, 68, 72-73.
NYDM
14 Jan 14
p. 62.
NYDM
15 Apr 14
p. 40.
NYDM
22 Apr 14
p. 30.
Variety
1 May 14
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 April 1914
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wealthy Edwin Peter Brewster disowns his son Robert when he marries Louise Sedgwick, a woman of modest means. When he dies, however, 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 ... +


Wealthy Edwin Peter Brewster disowns his son Robert when he marries Louise Sedgwick, a woman of modest means. When he dies, however, 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. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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