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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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Country:

USA

Language:

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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

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1951 with Edmund Gwenn, Dorothy McGuire and Burt Lancaster reprising their film roles. 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

Steve Buchanan: [to the Chief as he looks through files] So far he's realize more than $50 a month. Can't say the man's been greedy. I guess that's why he's been tough to catch. Of course, what's tougher is the $1 bill. We'll never educate people to examine $1 bills.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear on dollar bills. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Hold Me
(uncredited) (1933)
Written by Jack Little, Dave Oppenheim (as David Oppenheim), and Ira Schuster
[Request to dance band from Dorothy McGuire]
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Interesting.
26 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an odd movie, as it concerns a very successful counterfeiter but not in a way you'd expect. In other words, while the guy printed horrible quality money, he managed to get away with it for a decade. Why? Because instead of printing higher denominations or trying to get rich, he was just an old guy who passed phony $1 bills here and there. Oddly, he never really had much desire to hurt anyone or become a big-time crook--just do it on odd occasions to make ends meet. And, because of this odd m.o., he managed to evade detection so long. And, what makes this even more interesting is that it's all based on a true story.

The film is told mostly from the viewpoint of a Secret Service agent--played by Burt Lancaster. He was an incredibly determined agent and worked hard to capture the crook (Edmund Gwenn). But, because Gwenn plays such a nice and seemingly harmless old guy, the case drug on and on and on--as no one suspected the cute old man.

The film is very well-made and although it's not a film noir picture, it has similarities. Mostly, it's reminiscent because the story is very straight-forward--though the sentimental musical score and sympathetic telling of the story is about as far from noir as you can get! Well made and interesting.


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