A feisty retiree plays peacemaker for a young couple.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Kathleen Brown
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Johnny Kerrigan
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Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane
Ernest Truex ...
Wilkins, Johnny's Valet
Renee Godfrey ...
Carol West (as Renee Haal)
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Tommy Turner
Astrid Allwyn ...
Sara Cochran
Jed Prouty ...
Sanderson, Kerrigan Shoes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ken Christy ...
Editor (scenes deleted)
Virginia Engels ...
Mrs. Carter (scenes deleted)
Thurston Hall ...
Jerry Carter (scenes deleted)
Virginia Vale ...
Telephone Girl (scenes deleted)
Jane Woodworth ...
Telephone Girl (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane narrates--and steals the show--as a Florida retiree who intercedes to patch up problems between Kathleen Brown and Johnny Kerrigan. Written by Shu

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Comedy | Drama

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7 November 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Tio Inesperado  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several actors are listed in studio records as being in the film, but are not seen: Thurston Hall (Jerry Carter), Virginia Engels (Mrs. Carter), Virginia Vale (Telephone Girl), Jane Woodworth (Telephone Girl), Ken Christy (Editor) and Richard Carle. See more »

Quotes

Seton Mansley aka Alfred Crane: Suddenly, it had come to me that I was the only one out of 28,000 guys who wasn't allowed to come home every night at six o'clock and smoke his slippers, and read his dinner, and eat his pipe.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played as dance music by the orchestra at the Colony Club
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Why is this movie so good?
21 October 2009 | by (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

Basically, because of its great writers (Delmer Daves and Noel Langley), two names who appear in unexpected places all through the forties, fifties and sixties. They were obviously trying to emulate the comedies of Preston Sturges with a mix of horse sense, common touch, slapstick and profound truths about the human condition and social classes in America. The result is a film that should be seen more often. A big Thank You to TCM (as usual) for unearthing this genuine masterpiece. Almost every line of the script is a well-crafted witticism that would do Oscar Wilde proud, delivered by a cast of experts. Of particular note is the fine development of James Craig's screen persona as a testosterone-laden Prince Charming.


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