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The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)

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

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Mary Clover
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'Skipper' Martin
William Lundigan ...
Richard Amesworth
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John Wade
Charles Trowbridge ...
Grover Dillon
Paul Hurst ...
Michael O'Connor
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'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
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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 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 <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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

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

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

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A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
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Sung and whistled by Alan Hale
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Three Cheers For Dreamy!
29 March 2005 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This probably never figured high in Eddie Albert's resume. Indeed, at first I almost skipped it: The opening scenes with "Skipper" Alan Hale are most unpromising.

(All scenes involving him pull the movie down, in fact.) But it is a very sweet tale, once given a chance. Albert plays newspaper clerk Dreamy, who is far too kind and honorable for his own good. The well-being of his charming girlfriend Joan Leslie also suffers.

He allows his boss to steal his ideas and take credit for them. He helps out any of the downtrodden. Figuring most noticeably in this category is Limpy, the lame newspaper boy, played by Dickie Moore. He and his family are recipients of great, selfless kindness by Dreamy.

It has a happy ending, though not a typical Hollywood ending: After Dreamy has been recognized for the hero he is, he is given some news that thrills him. Indeed, it could be seen as good news. But his final line is funny,ironic, a bit off-kilter, and very touching.


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