Merely a Millionaire (1912)

Brewer, a millionaire, and three friends are discussing the coming ball at the Country Club. They propose to go as tramps. Brewer is not over-enthusiastic until one of them bets he's afraid... See full summary »


Hobart Bosworth


Hobart Bosworth


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Cast overview:
Hobart Bosworth ... Brewer - the Millionaire / The Tramp (dual role)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Jack Andrews
Al Ernest Garcia ... Harry Nichols
Roy Watson Roy Watson ... Willie West
Fred Huntley ... President of the Club
Count Alberti Count Alberti ... Jeems - the Valet (as Constantine Alberti)
Edward H. Philbrook Edward H. Philbrook ... Dud Ferguson
Bessie Eyton ... Laura Carew - Brewer's Betrothed
Anna Dodge Anna Dodge ... Mrs. Carew


Brewer, a millionaire, and three friends are discussing the coming ball at the Country Club. They propose to go as tramps. Brewer is not over-enthusiastic until one of them bets he's afraid. Finally all agree. Next day after leaving his betrothed at her home, he sees a tramp on the road and fancies he recognizes a resemblance to himself. He stops the auto and calls the tramp up, who reluctantly comes. Brewer gives him his card and gets the tramp's promise to come to the address. That evening the tramp, who has kept his promise, agrees to go to the ball as Brewer, with instructions to be a good fellow and himself. The tramp arrives at the Country Club in Brewer's auto. The lackeys recognize the machine and think it is Brewer. Ferguson, the club champion, speaks to the tramp, who snubs him. The president thinks it's Brewer, takes him into club room, where they meet the others, who are impersonating tramps. All compliment the tramp on his make-up and mannerisms. Ferguson comes in. The ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

18 January 1912 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merely a Millionheir See more »

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1.33 : 1
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It is commendable as a leading comedy
13 August 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A comedy in which Mr. Hobart Bosworth plays a double part with the contrast that lies between a society man and a dirty, ragged tramp. The only weak feature in this reel, full length, is poor photography. It keeps hold of the comedy spirit all through and is both fresh and very amusing, Mr. Bosworth being well supported by his entire cast. The audience laughed and seemed much pleased. The millionheir promised his friends that they wouldn't know him at the mask ball as he was coming as a tramp. He finds a tramp who looks just like him and, in a spirit of fun, sends him. He forgets that his fiancée is to be there. The tramp arrives and acts the part. He wins the big silver cup, prize for his costume. The fiancée gets him out into the moonlight and doesn't understand why he won't kiss her; but, though a tramp, he is at heart a gentleman. He makes a date, four o'clock the next afternoon, and promises her a kiss then; he also makes a date, the same hour, with the club's champion boxer with a promise to knock his block off, and he makes a date with everybody to give them good booze at the same hour. Next day, at four o'clock, there's a jolly gathering at the millionheir's. The last scene shows the tramp by his camp fire. It is commendable as a leading comedy. - The Moving Picture World, February 3, 1912

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