Mr. Billion

Terence Hill is charming as an Italian mechanic who inherits a fortune and has a hell of a time getting to Frisco in time to claim it. Valerie Perrine and Jackie Gleason are among those who try to fleece the innocent of his loot. There are many loose ends in the plot, and some choppy sequences, but the pic is brisk enjoyment.

With:
Terence Hill [= Mario Girotti] Valerie Perrine Jackie Gleason Slim Pickens William Redfield Chill Wills

Terence Hill is charming as an Italian mechanic who inherits a fortune and has a hell of a time getting to Frisco in time to claim it. Valerie Perrine and Jackie Gleason are among those who try to fleece the innocent of his loot. There are many loose ends in the plot, and some choppy sequences, but the pic is brisk enjoyment.

The obvious inspiration for the film was Frank Capra’s classic 1936 populist comedy-fantasy, Mr Deed s Goes to Town, in which Gary Cooper inherited a fortune only to find himself besieged by greedy city slickers.

Director Jonathan Kaplan also borrows heavily from Alfred Hitchcock. The blend of Capra and Hitchcock doesn’t always work,and the film often seems too much of an artificial film buff homage.

Mr. Billion

Production: Pantheon. Director Jonathan Kaplan; Producer Steven Bach, Ken Friedman; Screenplay Ken Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan; Camera Matthew F. Leonetti; Editor O. Nicholas Brown; Music Dave Grusin; Art Director Richard Berger

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1977. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: Terence Hill [= Mario Girotti] Valerie Perrine Jackie Gleason Slim Pickens William Redfield Chill Wills

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