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Mister Big (1943)

Passed  -  Comedy | Music  -  28 May 1943 (USA)
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At the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley and Alice Taswell are in love. The students, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald J. O'Connor, Esq.
Gloria Jean ...
Peggy Ryan ...
Robert Paige ...
Johnny Hanley
Elyse Knox ...
Alice Taswell
Samuel S. Hinds ...
Jeremy Taswell
Robert Scheerer ...
Bobby (as Bobby Scheerer)
Richard Stewart ...
Muggsy (as Mary Eleanor Donahue)
Florence Bates ...
Mrs. Mary Davis
Ray Eberle ...
Ray Eberle
Eddie Miller ...
Leader, Eddie Miller's Bob Cats (as Eddie Miller's Bob Cats)
Ben Carter ...
Himself - Choir Leader (as The Ben Carter Choir)
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ...
Ben Carter Choir ...


At the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley and Alice Taswell are in love. The students, including Donald, Patricia and Peggy, secretly want to become singers. Patricia's aunt, Mrs. Davis, owns the school and disapproves. Donald has written a musical comedy for the year's class play, which the students want to do; but Mrs. Davis has selected and insists they do Sophocles' "Antigone." Taswell agrees to let the kids do Donald's show. Donald manages to keep Mrs. Davis away on the day of the show, and when Broadway producers in attendance rave about Donald's play, she becomes a backer. Written by Les Adams <>

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28 May 1943 (USA)  »

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School for Jive  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Donald J. O'Connor, Esq.: Are you sure it'll work?
Patricia: I read it in a large and imposing book.
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The Spirit Is In Me
Written by Buddy Pepper and Inez James
Sung by Gloria Jean, Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan
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Swing it Mister!
13 July 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This utterly delicious hilarious swing musical is terrific. Made as part of a series at Universal that seem to be the dance version of those MGM Andy Hardy films; instead (and better) here we have the dynamic and effervescent talent of Donald O'Connor with gorgeous Gloria Jean and zany Peggy Ryan who make a trio of song and dance talent that is an entertaining as it is astonishing. MISTER BIG is completely engaging for its 63 minutes and with sensational tap numbers from the jivin' Jacks and Jills solid Universal production values and a roster of house actors, this film deserves renewed appreciation on DVD. It would be appropriate for Universal to box-set all these teen 40s musicals with Donald O'Connor and the Jivin Jacks and Jills and set them before a very appreciative public again. The group tap numbers are real musical dynamite; O'Connor is simply hilarious; the music numbers are fun and the sets and art direction is excellent. The other titles in the series are: GET HEP TO LOVE.... CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK... PATRICK THE GREAT... GIVE OUT SISTERS... PRIVATE BUCKAROO... and WHAT'S COOKIN'.... all of which I now am keen to enjoy. What a teen talent Donald O'Connor was! I have never seen his early comedy films and this intro into the 40s musicals he made has me enthralled to see more. MISTER BIG is the sort of musical with acrobatic group tap dance numbers you could only dream of, and here is a 63 minute musical with 7 songs and routines, better than I could have wished for. MISTER BIG is just great. My dollars are ready for the whole box set, when Universal care to plonk it on a shelf in a DVD store anytime soon.

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