|The Man of the West|
|Directed by||Frederick A. Thomson|
|Written by||Frederick A. Thomson|
|Produced by||Carl Laemmle |
Independent Moving Pictures
|Starring||John R. Cumpson|
|Distributed by||Motion Picture Distributors and Sales Company|
|April 22, 1912|
A Millionaire for a Day is a 1912 American silent comedy short film starring John R. Cumpson. It was produced by the Independent Moving Pictures (IMP) Company of New York.
The story is based on a real-life incident reported in newspapers across the United States in January 1912. A John Jay McDevitt of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, sold an accidental nomination for county treasurer for $2500 and traveled to New York City with an entourage (a doctor, a secretary, a valet and about 20 guests) on a special train, making speeches to appreciative audiences at stops along the way and arriving with only $72.40 left. There he fulfilled his ambition of acting the way he believed a millionaire would, spending and tipping lavishly.
Mechanic Fred Dudley goes to New York City and squanders his entire inheritance in a day. Then, broke but wiser, he returns home to Wilkes-Barre.
According to one source, George Eastman House has three film frames in its collection.
The Meridian Daily Journal noted that the film was a "screaming comedy". The Calumet News also covered the film, reviewing it favorably.