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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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...the picture about that screwy dancing caterpillar! See more »

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Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time  »

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

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Yes Sir, That's My Baby
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played often throughout the film
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Surprisingly good
13 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The silly story of a down on his luck Broadway producer and his obsession for a dancing caterpillar is greatly enhanced by the approach of director Alexander Hall and screenwriter Irving Fineman. Hall and Fineman helm the fantasy in a surprisingly straightforward, realistic manner that manages to avoid camp with just the right touch of fantastical whimsy. Further credibility is given by the strong performances of Cary Grant and James Gleason, although Janet Blair and William Demarest are forgettable in one-dimensional roles. Best of all is 11 year old child actor Ted Donaldson, who easily transcends the film's far-fetched premise and almost single-handedly makes one believe a caterpillar can dance!


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