The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  15 February 1941 (USA)
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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 »


(as Ben Stoloff)


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Clover
'Skipper' Martin
William Lundigan ...
Richard Amesworth
John Wade
Charles Trowbridge ...
Grover Dillon
Paul Hurst ...
Michael O'Connor
'Limpy' Barnes
John Ridgely ...
Douglas Kennedy ...
Mr. McGraw
George Campeau ...
Mr. Hanes
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Jig (as William Benedict)
Helen MacKellar ...
Mrs. Barnes
Joyce Tucker ...
Janet Barnes
Mary Field ...
Miss Frame


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 <>

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


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15 February 1941 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In a newspaper photo of the first valor award given, the presenter of the award was Edmund Mortimer. See more »


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


Version of How Baxter Butted In (1925) See more »


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 (Baltimore MD) – See 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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