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The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 February 1941 (USA)
Perpetual-optimist "Dreamy" Smith aspires to quit his job as newspaper publicity drudge and sail the world. But life--and his editor--conspires against him. Not only does the car he intends... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Ben Markson (screenplay), Kenneth Gamet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Albert ... Robert 'Dreamy' Smith
Joan Leslie ... Mary Clover
Alan Hale ... 'Skipper' Martin
William Lundigan ... Richard Amesworth
John Litel ... John Wade
Charles Trowbridge ... Grover Dillon
Paul Hurst ... Michael O'Connor
Dickie Moore ... 'Limpy' Barnes
John Ridgely ... Eddie Williams
Douglas Kennedy ... Mr. McGraw
George Campeau George Campeau ... Mr. Hanes
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Jig (as William Benedict)
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Barnes
Joyce Tucker Joyce Tucker ... Janet Barnes
Mary Field ... Miss Frame
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Storyline

Perpetual-optimist "Dreamy" Smith aspires to quit his job as newspaper publicity drudge and sail the world. But life--and his editor--conspires against him. Not only does the car he intends using as the boat's downpayment roll into the bay, but his boss starts to claim "Dreamy's" better publicity ideas as his own. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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YOU KNOW HIM! Just another guy...until he met THE girl!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die kleinen Träume von der weiten Welt See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Hale, whose character name is a seafaring man named "Skipper", is the father of Alan Hale, Jr. Alan Hale, Jr., who greatly resembled his father in looks and personality, also played a similar character named "Skipper" in the 1960s TV show, "Gilligan's Island". See more »

Goofs

William 'Billy' Benedict is credited as "Jig," but he is called "Jigs' throughout. See more »

Quotes

'Skipper' Martin: Women are like cats - you feed them a little milk and they rub up against your leg and purr and then along comes a fellow with some cream and pfft, no more kitties.
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Version of How Baxter Butted In (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

The Oceana Roll
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Lucien Denni
Lyrics by Roger Lewis
Variations often in the score
Whistled by Eddie Albert
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Did anyone read the script?
20 September 2013 | by MikeMagiSee all my reviews

The only word I can think of for this movie is "meaningless." Think of a Preston Sturgess yarn without Sturgess' wit or imagination. As a low-level classified ad salesman, Eddie Albert dreams of sailing the high seas in search of adventure with his friend or landlord or relative (not quite sure what he is,) the Skipper played by Alan Hale. He's in love with Joan Leslie as Mary, a wide-eyed, too-good-to-be-true coworker but she'll have to wait til he gets the travel bug out of his system. Meanwhile, Mary is ticked off that his brilliant promotional ideas to perk up the paper's circulation are being swiped by his alcoholic boss. Oh, there's also Dickie Moore as a crippled newsboy whose role would have been a lot livelier if he shouted "Shazam." Eddie Albert and Joan Leslie get extra points for playing this humorless claptrap as if they were actually enjoying it.


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