I'll Give a Million (1935 film)

I'll Give a Million (Italian: DarĂ² un milione) is a 1935 Italian comedy film directed by Mario Camerini and starring Vittorio De Sica. It is based on the first screenplay by Cesare Zavattini which tells the story of a disillusioned millionaire who, tired of the attempts of greedy friends and relatives to sponge off of him, becomes a bum in order to find a decent human being.[1] It was remade in 1938, again titled I'll Give a Million and starring Warner Baxter as the millionaire.

I'll Give a Million
Vittorio De Sica and Assia Noris
Directed byMario Camerini
Produced byAngelo Rizzoli
Written byMario Camerini
Giaci Mondaini
Ivo Perilli
Cesare Zavattini
StarringVittorio De Sica
Assia Noris
Luigi Almirante
Music byGian Luca Tocchi
CinematographyOtello Martelli
Edited byFernando Tropea
Novella Film
Release date
30 August 1935
Running time
79 minutes

It was shot at the Cines Studios in Rome.


A millionaire is about to commit suicide by leaping off of his yacht into the sea. He is just about to go when he spies a bum attempting suicide himself. The rich man saves the bum and tells him of his frustration with his friends and relatives who are always seeking a handout. He then claims that he will give a million francs to the first person to treat him kindly without thinking about his wealth. The next day, the tramp awakens to find the millionaire gone, and that his own tattered rags have been replaced by the finest clothing, along with a large roll of francs. The bum then begins circulating the millionaire's story around the town. As a result, people all over the country begin treating the homeless with kindness and respect. Eventually the disguised millionaire meets and marries a circus performer and donates his million francs to the whole community.



  1. "Cesare Zavattini". NY Times. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
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