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Once Upon a Time (1944)

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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Comedy | Fantasy

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29 June 1944 (USA)  »

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Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 4, 1945 with Ted Donaldson reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Being Ian: Once a Pawn a Time (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played often throughout the film
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Fantasy is the real star
25 October 2001 | by (fliny mi) – See all my reviews

A truly happy film produced in the middle of World War Two. The fantasy of the caterpillar which turns into a butterfly is well-worn, yet always popular. To a large degree, the war is ignored, yet due to the pervasive nature of long-term world conflict, some allusions to the conflict are noted. Especially pointed is the crew of the B-17 bomber who name their plane "Curly" after the caterpillar. They highlight the event with: "I've been in London, Chun King, and Malta and saw kids dodge bombs to try to save some mangey dog." Why not save a dancing caterpillar? The remarkable thing about this film is how many times one sees the caterpillar. Curly the caterpillar is a welcomed respite from the drudgery of prolonged war. Even with one hundred and fifteen credited actors, in this movie fantasy is the real star.


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