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Mister 880 (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 29 September 1950 (USA)
Gentle romantic comedy about a Secret Service Agent trying to catch a cold case counterfeiter and a United Nations translator.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screenplay), St. Clair McKelway (article)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Steve Buchanan
Dorothy McGuire ... Ann Winslow
Edmund Gwenn ... William 'Skipper' Miller
Millard Mitchell ... 'Mac' McIntire
Minor Watson ... Judge O'Neil
Howard St. John ... Chief
Hugh Sanders ... Thad Mitchell
James Millican ... Olie Johnson
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Storyline

The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret Service for 20 years. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German | Dutch | Italian

Release Date:

29 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old 880 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Skipper, who played the Skipper's dog Please, was trained by Frank Inn (uncredited). Although larger in size, his markings, shaggy coat, and dark ears closely resemble Inn's more famous dog-star Higgins, who played Dog on the Petticoat Junction (1963) TV series and Benji (1974) in the movie of the same name. See more »

Goofs

When skipper confesses to the police,he says he never gave anybody more than one counterfeit dollar. However, he $2 stuffed in counterfeit ones as change in his neighbor's handbag, when she gave him $5 when he only asked for $3. See more »

Quotes

Ann Winslow: Someone once said that a task left undone creates a void that no amount of achievement can fill.
Steve Buchanan: Who's the imbecile who dreamed that one up?
Ann Winslow: I am.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear on dollar bills. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Barney Miller: The Counterfeiter (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
(uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Played when the man guesses Ann's weight
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The Whimsical Edmund Gwenn
3 May 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Burt Lancaster was always one who took firm control of his career. He got out of the studio system very early in Hollywood and was always the one who called his own shots. I'm guessing that he probably owed someone a favor which is why he did Mister 880.

It's not that Mister 880 is a bad film, but it's most definitely not a Burt Lancaster project. Burt and leading lady Dorothy McGuire play a definite second fiddle to Edmund Gwenn as the whimsical old neighborhood character who does some counterfeiting on the side when he runs short of money.

The title stems from the number on his file with the United States Secret Service. Mister 880 isn't even that good a counterfeiter, but his case has been put on the agency back burner for years while they assign top priority to organized gangs of counterfeiters. Gwenn does his work on cheap office supply paper with a hand press. He even spells Washington wrong on the one dollar bills he prints. And he's been getting away with it for years because of the small denominations.

McGuire comes to Lancaster's attention as she gets stuck with one of Gwenn's phonies. He's the agent who the New York office finally decided to assign to the 880 case. Of course the usual romantic complications get in the way of the case, but not forever.

Edmund Gwenn is one of those delightful character actors you cannot help but like. His charm is infectious, never more so than when he won that Oscar for Miracle on 34th Street. His character of the Skipper is in the same vein as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.

Who could not like Edmund Gwenn and therefore who could not like Mister 880.


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