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The Millionaire 

In this hit 1950's TV series, a millionaire indulges himself giving away one million dollars apiece to persons that he has never met.
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Series cast summary:
Marvin Miller ...  Michael Anthony 206 episodes, 1955-1960
Paul Frees ...  John Beresford Tipton / ... 206 episodes, 1955-1960
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John Beresford Tipton is a multi millionaire and among the things he does with his money is to give away a million dollars to people he doesn't know. So every week Tipton who is not seen, instructs his assistant, Michael Anthony to go bring the person he chose their check. And he asks them to sign an agreement not to tell anyone how they got the money. And we see how the recipients lives are changed. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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USA

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English

Release Date:

19 January 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If You Had a Million See more »

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Runtime:

(205 episodes)

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

As the series progressed:
  • $1,000,000 in 1955 had the same purchasing power as $8,713,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1956 had the same purchasing power as $8,588,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1957 had the same purchasing power as $8,307,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1958 had the same purchasing power as $8,085,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1959 had the same purchasing power as $8,010,000 in 2013.
  • $1,000,000 in 1960 had the same purchasing power as $7,890.000 in 2013.
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A Morality Show with Real Morals
16 February 2009 | by jcdavocatSee all my reviews

John Beresford Tipton: his name evokes patrician wealth and breed. Using his executive secretary, Michael Anthony, Tipton chooses, apparently but not certainly, one person each week at random to receive, tax-free, the sum of one million dollars, in the form of a cashiers check. One million dollars was an enormous sum in the 1950s. And, if one remembers that the top tax bracket (which includes this amount) was 91% at that time, the gift becomes even more phenomenal.

Each recipient was required to sign an agreement never to reveal either the circumstances under which the money was received and the amount, other than to the spouse. (In one episode, a child received the money and a somewhat non-plussed Anthony told the child that he can reveal these details to his parents). The idea of each half-hour show was to see just how receiving the money would affect each recipient. At the end of the show, Tipton would briefly reviews what happened.

An excellent show, far and above the lunacy that pervades television today.


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