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Once Upon a Time (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Fantasy | 29 June 1944 (USA)
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.

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Smalltime crookster and showman Jerry Flynn is desperately searching for a new act to promote in order to save him from ruin. He meets a boy on the street who claims to have a dancing caterpillar called Curly. Flynn seizes the opportunity for fame and fortune at Curly's expense. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Rita Hayworth was originally assigned the role of Jeannie Thompson, and when she refused to do it, was placed on a nine week suspension without pay by the head of Columbia, Harry Cohn, and subsequently replaced by Janet Blair. See more »

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Referenced in Stars of the Silver Screen: Rita Hayworth (2011) See more »

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Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
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A dancing caterpillar! Really?
30 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Undoubtedly one of his worst films this deservedly obscure Cary Grant film is a paper thin and borderline idiotic story about a dancing caterpillar! The lead kid could not be more noxious and Grant gives a remarkably arch performance, mugging shamelessly. He must have realized what a dog this was, forced to do it under contract and figured that over reacting and turning on the goo might save this dreck. Janet Blair is incredibly lovely but given very little to do. Two wonderful character actors, James Gleason and William Demarest are likewise wasted and stuck in this disaster. All stars have dogs in their credits list and this one is right next to The Pride and the Passion for Cary.


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