Starring Bruce Bennett, Joan Fontaine, Reed Howes, Monte Blue, Kenneth Harlan
Directed by Lynn Shores
Runtime: 68 min.
Print Quality: B
Puritan Pictures seldom turned out a film that looked most expensive than it really was. The
studio's Million to One appears to have been made on a budget of eight dollars and a box
lunch, but that doesn't lessen its entertainment value one bit. Herman Brix (later known as
Bruce Bennett) stars as Johnny Kent, a hot-shot Olympic athlete who lets success go to his
head. After a dizzying cycle of wine, women and song, Johnny is no good to anyone, least of
all himself. He wises up in time to qualify for a decathlon competition with his arch-rival Hale
(Reed Howes). Oldtimers Monte Blue and Kenneth Harlan play key supporting roles, while
the ingenue is a pretty but antiseptic newcomer named Joan Burfield. By the time Million to
One made it to New York (nearly three years after it was made), Ms. Burfield was billing
herself as Joan Fontaine.