Once Upon a Time (1944)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Ted Donaldson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ...
Shipyard Worker (scenes deleted)
Attendant (scenes deleted)
Lionel Braham ...
Weightlifter (scenes deleted)
George Bruggeman ...
Trapeze Artist (scenes deleted)
Leonard Carey ...
English Bobby (scenes deleted)
Doorman (scenes deleted)
Bill Chaney ...
Call Boy (scenes deleted)
Charles Coleman ...
English Bobby (scenes deleted)
Jeff Donnell ...
Girl from Brooklyn (scenes deleted)
George Eldredge ...
Man (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

29 June 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time  »

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Sound Mix:

| (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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


Yes Sir, That's My Baby
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played often throughout the film
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not more than fun
31 January 2015 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

one of many comedies from ''40's . not good, not bad but interesting for the chain of clichés and for the unrealistic story. in fact, only a film with Cary Grant in an ironic role and same atmosphere of period as a kind of jazz club room. nothing new, nothing special. only a nice film for waste the time. its virtue - maybe remembering the art to explore and use a idea for a complicated story who , far to be real bad, it seems be only chaotic. a kind of parable about life, virtues and the love who remains the real prize. Janet Blair does a decent job and James Gleason is the pillar of this not inspired story who saves small parts of it. a film about a meeting and a childish lead hero. that is all. only an old fashion movie with Cary Grant, alternative for contemporary blockbusters.

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