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Jack Brewster, the heir to a fortune, falls in love with Cynthia, another boarder in his "home." When Jack inherits his fortune, which includes £500,000 and the house, he falls pray to chorus girl Rosalie. His uncle then dies, leaving Jack six million pounds, on the condition that he become penniless in the next six months. At his house warming for his first inheritance, Jack learns of the second bequest, which require him not only to lose all his money, but to have no female entanglements and tell no one of its conditions. Jack goes on a wild spending spree, which includes producing a musical stage show starring Rosalie. He then takes the entire cast of the show on a yacht to Monte Carlo, in the hope of losing his money through gambling. Jack has nothing but good luck, however, as the show is a hit and he even wins at the gambling tables. Jack goes so far as to buy some seemingly worthless stock, which only turns out to be worth another fortune. Jack undergoes various indignities, such as being chased by kidnappers through a fiesta, which ends with him winding up as the rear end of a paper mache dragon. Throughout his spending spree, Cynthia becomes more detached and Rosalie more attached. As his "zero hour" approaches, Jack trades away his entire fortune, leaving him with nothing more than the suit he wears, despite the well-meaning attempts of friends to give him money. Finally meeting all the conditions of his uncle's will, Jack attains the £6,000,000, as well as the love of Cynthia.
The source materials have been filmed many times, including the Jesse L. Lasky 1914 version, starring Edward Abeles and Winifred Kingston, directed by Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar C. Apfel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.0477); the Paramount 1921 version starring Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Betty Ross Clark, directed by Joseph Henabery (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0592); a 1945 version starring Dennis O'Keefe and Helen Walker, directed by Allan Dwan; and a Universal 1985 version starring Richard Pryor and John Candy, directed by Walter Hill.