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The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)

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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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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »


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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Variations often in the score
Sung and whistled by Alan Hale
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Eddie Albert's Dream Role
13 October 2013 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Hapless New York newspaper ad salesman Eddie Albert (as Robert "Dreamy" Smith) is finally going to fulfill his dream. He plans to quit work, buy a sailboat and head out for adventure at sea. After a mishap disposing of his automobile, Mr. Albert must cancel the trip. Pretty co-worker Joan Leslie (as Mary Clover) is happy, but jealous roommate Alan Hale (as "Skipper" Martin) thinks Albert should stop dating Ms. Leslie and save money for his share of their boat. Albert gets into more money problems when he decides to help partially crippled paperboy Dickie Moore (as "Limpy" Barnes)...

Hoping for a bonus at work, Albert comes up with ideas to boost the circulation of his newspaper, but sneaky John Litel (as John Wade) takes all the credit. Albert gets in more trouble for helping future "Bowery Boy" William "Billy" Benedict (as Jigs) get a job. As if that wasn't enough, handsome William Lundigan (as Richard Amesworth) moves in on Leslie...

"The Great Mr. Nobody" is quite pleasant, with future "Green Acres" star Albert shining in a whimsical role. It's interesting to hear Mr. Hale being called "Skipper" throughout as he resembles son Alan Hale Jr., familiar as the Skipper on "Gilligan's Island" in the 1960s. However, this Hale acts differently (more like a stocky Robert Young). Hale Jr. patterned his skipper after Oliver Hardy. Also interesting is how much you Moore's crippled newsboy resembles "Captain Marvel Jr." from the best selling comic book introduced shortly after this film. The ending is weak, but certainly fit the times.

****** The Great Mr. Nobody (2/15/41) Benjamin Stoloff ~ Eddie Albert, Alan Hale, Joan Leslie, Dickie Moore

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