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Once Upon a Time (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 29 June 1944 (USA)
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), Oscar Saul (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Jerry Flynn
Janet Blair ... Jeannie Thompson
James Gleason ... McGillicuddy aka The Moke
Ted Donaldson ... Arthur 'Pinky' Thompson
William Demarest ... Brandt
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Storyline

Smalltime crookster and showman Jerry Flynn is desperately searching for a new act to promote in order to save him from ruin. He meets a boy on the street who claims to have a dancing caterpillar called Curly. Flynn seizes the opportunity for fame and fortune at Curly's expense. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

...the picture about that screwy dancing caterpillar! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Client Curly See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Rita Hayworth was originally assigned the role of Jeannie Thompson, and when she refused to do it, was placed on a nine week suspension without pay by the head of Columbia, Harry Cohn, and subsequently replaced by Janet Blair. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes Sir, That's My Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played often throughout the film
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Originally, a radio play by Norman Corwin, titled "My Client Curly"
26 August 2003 | by loringmSee all my reviews

This was a wonderful radio play Norman Corwin wrote for CBS Radio in the 1940s. It starred Fred Allen, and because it was during the infamous Petrillo Musician's Union Strike, the background music was vocalized by a chorus. I was charmed by it then, but felt then (and now) that the imaginative quality of the radio play would be diminished in a film. I also felt Allen would be far better than Cary Grant in the lead role. But Allen would have sold far fewer tickets.


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