Three on a Spree

Last updated

Three on a Spree
"Three on a Spree" (1961).jpg
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Written by George Barr McCutcheon (novel, "Brewster's Millions")
Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley (play, "Brewster's Millions")
Produced by Edward Small (executive)
George Fowler
David E. Rose (executive)
Starring Jack Watling
Carole Lesley
John Slater
Cinematography Stephen Dade
Edited byBert Rule
Music by Ken Thorne
Production
company
Caralan Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
28 June 1961
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Three on a Spree is a 1961 British comedy film directed by Sidney J. Furie and starring Jack Watling, Carole Lesley and John Slater. It is based on the 1902 novel Brewster's Millions by George Barr McCutcheon, which became the hit 1906 play written by Winchell Smith and Byron Ongley. It had been previously filmed by Edward Small in 1945. [1]

Contents

The film was shot at Walton Studios. Its sets were designed by the art director John Blezard.

Plot

Michael Brewster stands to inherit £8,000,000, but only if he can spend the first million in 60 days.

Cast

Reception

The New York Times found the film "all unbelievable and more than a little unpleasant." [1]

Related Research Articles

<i>Brewsters Millions</i> 1902 comedic novel by George Barr McCutcheon

Brewster's Millions is a comedic novel written by George Barr McCutcheon in 1902, originally under the pseudonym of Richard Greaves.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">George Barr McCutcheon</span> American writer

George Barr McCutcheon was an American popular novelist and playwright. His best known works include a series of novels set in Graustark, a fictional East European country, and the novel Brewster's Millions, which was adapted into a play and several films.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Jack Watling</span> English actor

Jack Stanley Watling was an English actor.

Edward Small was a film producer from the late 1920s through 1970, who was enormously prolific over a 50-year career. He is best known for the movies The Count of Monte Cristo (1934), The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), The Corsican Brothers (1941), Brewster's Millions (1945), Raw Deal (1948), Black Magic (1949), Witness for the Prosecution (1957) and Solomon and Sheba (1959).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Carole Shelley</span> British actress

Carole Augusta Shelley was a British actress who made her career in the United States. Her many stage roles included Gwendolyn Pigeon in The Odd Couple and Madame Morrible in the original Broadway cast of the musical Wicked. She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in The Elephant Man in 1979.

<i>Brewsters Millions</i> (1985 film) 1985 film

Brewster's Millions is a 1985 American comedy film directed by Walter Hill. The film stars Richard Pryor and John Candy. The screenplay by Herschel Weingrod and Timothy Harris was based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">British Lion Films</span> Film production and distribution company

British Lion Films is a film production and distribution company active under several forms since 1919. Originally known as British Lion Film Corporation Ltd, it entered receivership on 1 June 1954. From 29 January 1955 to 1976, the company was known as British Lion Films Ltd, and was a pure distribution company.

<i>The Ape Man</i> 1943 film by William Beaudine

The Ape Man is a 1943 American science-fiction horror film directed by William Beaudine. It stars Bela Lugosi as a doctor who, as a result of scientific experiments, transforms into a part-human/part-ape hybrid.

<i>Man Trouble</i> 1992 film by Bob Rafelson

Man Trouble is a 1992 American romantic black comedy film starring Jack Nicholson and Ellen Barkin. It was directed by Bob Rafelson and written by Carole Eastman, who together had been responsible for 1970's Five Easy Pieces.

<i>High School Confidential</i> (film) 1958 film by Jack Arnold

High School Confidential is a 1958 American crime drama film directed by Jack Arnold, starring Mamie Van Doren, Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Jackie Coogan, Diane Jergens and Michael Landon.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Sig Herzig</span> American screenwriter and playwright

Sig Herzig was an American screenwriter and playwright.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Clive Donner</span> British film director

Clive Stanley Donner was a British film director who was part of the British New Wave, directing films such as The Caretaker, Nothing but the Best, What's New Pussycat?, and Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. He also directed television movies and commercials through the mid-1990s.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Slater (actor)</span> British actor (1916–1975)

John Slater was an English character actor who usually portrayed lugubrious, amiable cockney types.

Brewster's Millions may refer to any of the following films based on the 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon, or the 1906 Broadway hit play of the same name:

<i>These Dangerous Years</i> 1957 British film

These Dangerous Years is a 1957 British drama musical film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring George Baker, Frankie Vaughan, Carole Lesley, Thora Hird, Kenneth Cope, David Lodge and John Le Mesurier.

<i>Brewsters Millions</i> (1945 film) 1945 film by Allan Dwan

Brewster's Millions is a 1945 American comedy film, one of many film adaptations of the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon and the subsequent smash-hit play adaptation by Byron Ongley and Winchell Smith. In the novel, Brewster is a stockbroker; in this version, he is portrayed as a returning soldier.

<i>Brewsters Millions</i> (1935 film) 1935 British film

Brewster's Millions is a 1935 British musical comedy film directed by Thornton Freeland and starring Jack Buchanan, Lili Damita and Nancy O'Neil. It is based on the 1902 novel and subsequent 1906 play, with the action relocated from the United States to Britain.

<i>Nothing Barred</i> 1961 British film

Nothing Barred is a 1961 British black and white comedy film directed by Darcy Conyers and starring Brian Rix, Leo Franklyn and Naunton Wayne.

<i>Mary Had a Little...</i> 1961 film

Mary Had a Little... is a 1961 British comedy film directed by Edward Buzzell and starring Agnès Laurent, Hazel Court and Jack Watling. It takes its title from the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb and is about a slick impresario who tries unsuccessfully to win a bet with a psychiatrist over the production of a perfect baby via hypnotism. It was shot at Walton Studios near London with sets designed by the art director John Blezard.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Winchell Smith</span> American dramatist

Winchell Smith was an American playwright, known for big hit works such as Brewster's Millions (1906) and Lightnin' (1918). Many of his plays were made into movies. He spent freely but left a large fortune at his death.

References

  1. 1 2 Eugene Archer (31 August 1961). "Three on a Spree". The New York Times.