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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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Complete credited cast:
Robert 'Dreamy' Smith
Mary Clover
John Wade
Michael O'Connor
George Campeau ...
Mr. Hanes
Jig (as William Benedict)
Joyce Tucker ...
Janet Barnes
Mary Field ...


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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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alan Hale, whose character name is a seafaring man named "Skipper", is the father of Alan Hale, Jr. Alan Hale, Jr., who greatly resembled his father in looks and personality, also played a similar character named "Skipper" in the 1960s TV show, "Gilligan's Island". See more »


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


'Skipper' Martin: Women are like cats - you feed them a little milk and they rub up against your leg and purr and then along comes a fellow with some cream and pfft, no more kitties.
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Version of How Baxter Butted In (1925) See more »


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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Interesting Period Piece
16 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Although not really a comedy, it is certainly watchable on a rainy day. It has a cast that is excellent, you can see two faces of stars you know from TV, Alan Hale (Sr. who looks exactly like his son who was on Gilligan's Island) and Eddie Albert who was on Green Acres (and his son has done a number of things). Plot is thin and so idealistic it could never be made today. I mean Dickie Moore (now married to Jane Powell) plays a a paper boy called "Limpy". Oh, and Alan Hale is actually called Skipper! Really it's a walking trivia contest answer. Too frustrating to be fully satisfying, pathos rampant really. John Litel supports well and Joan Leslie is pretty in her usual vacant way.

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