The Pauper Millionaire

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The Pauper Millionaire
Directed by Frank Hall Crane
Written by Eliot Stannard
Based onThe Pauper Millionaire
by Austin Fryers
Starring C. M. Hallard
Katherine Blair
Norma Whalley
Polly Emery
Distributed byIdeal Film Company
Playgoers Pictures (US)
Release date
Running time
5 reels
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Pauper Millionaire is a 1922 British silent comedy film directed by Frank Hall Crane and starring C. M. Hallard, Katherine Blair, and John H. Roberts. [1] It was based on a novel by Austin Fryers.



As described in a film magazine, [2] American millionaire John Pye Smith (Hallard) secretly sails for England with the intention of investigating the young woman his son Harry (Roberts) insists on marrying, concerned she may be a gold digger. An accident deprives him of his valet, without whose trained aid he is singularly helpless. In London, while waiting for a train, his beard is shaved off. A porter refuses to give him his suitcase, not recognizing him as its bearded owner. He goes on without it and then discovers that it contained his passport, money, and bankbook. After his trunk is stolen, no one believes his story of misfortune, and he is stranded in London. After undergoing several hardships, he tries to get work and accepts charity from drunken old Sally (Emery) and gets a job washing windows. He falls from a ladder and, injured, is taken to a hospital. There matters mend when his nurse turns out to be Hilda Martin (Blair), the young woman his son intends to wed. She has a cable from his Harry to the effect that he and his mother (Whalley) are sailing to England. His troubles at an end, John Pye Smith accepts Hilda as his future daughter-in-law.


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  2. "The Pauper Millionaire: Playgoers Pictures Photoplay in Five Parts". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (13): 675. 24 February 1923.