was based on a 1902 novel by George Barr McCutcheon.
By the time this 1985 was released, their had been six
predecessors, the earliest from 1914. In 2012, it
was released again. The 1985 version starred
Richard Pryor as Monty Brewster and John Candy as Spike
Nolan. The movie received mixed reviews back in
the day, but it still made a sizeable profit for
this movie, Monty Brewster (Pryor) is a pitcher for a
minor league baseball team called the Hackensack Bulls,
and his best friend, Spike (Candy) is the pitcher.
Monty inherits a fortune from a great uncle, but only
under a number of conditions. He can take 1
million dollars and leave the rest to charity, or he can
attempt to blow 30 million dollars in 30 days, to
inherit 300 million. The catch is not only can he
not keep anything he buys in those 30 days, but he is
also limited to how much he can give to charity or
gamble with. On top of it all, he is not allowed
to tell anyone what he is doing, including Spike, who
has been enlisted to help him.
As Monty goes about the business of
finding ways to blow the money, Spike, on the other
hand, invests it, and after some time has expired, Monty
finds that the return on investments equals what he has
blown to date. Monty finds new ways to blow the
money, even running for mayor. The problem is, he
is ahead in the polls, and because the Mayor position
holds a salary, that ultimately would violate the terms
of the inheritance. In the end, Monty manages to
blow the 30 million and thus inherits the 300.