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Director:
Writers:
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 June 1944 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Cary Grant ... Jerry Flynn

Janet Blair ... Jeannie Thompson

James Gleason ... McGillicuddy aka The Moke
Ted Donaldson ... Arthur 'Pinky' Thompson

William Demarest ... Brandt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Shipyard Worker (scenes deleted)
Kirk Alyn ... Attendant (scenes deleted)
Lionel Braham ... Weightlifter (scenes deleted)
George Bruggeman ... Trapeze Artist (scenes deleted)
Leonard Carey ... English Bobby (scenes deleted)
Lane Chandler ... 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)
Clyde Fillmore ... FBI Agent (scenes deleted)
Dick Gordon ... Man (scenes deleted)
Harrison Greene ... Businessman (scenes deleted)
Frank Hagney ... Assistant Cyclist (scenes deleted)

Eddie Hall ... Bike Rider (scenes deleted)
Esther Howard ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
John Kelly ... Truckman (scenes deleted)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Telephone Operator (scenes deleted)
Tom Kennedy ... Truckman (scenes deleted)
Lawrence Lathrop ... Call Boy (scenes deleted)
Jung Lim ... Chinese Man (scenes deleted)
Norval Mitchell ... Masseur (scenes deleted)
Walter Pietila ... Trapeze Artist (scenes deleted)
Cyril Ring ... Man (scenes deleted)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Gaucho (scenes deleted)

Ray Teal ... Shipyard Worker (scenes deleted)
George Tyne ... Jitterbug Dancer (scenes deleted)
Charles Waldron ... Preacher (scenes deleted)
Ruth Warren ... Fatso's Mother (scenes deleted)
Robert Williams ... Stage Manager (scenes deleted)
Isabel Withers ... Woman (scenes deleted)
William Yip ... Chinese Man (scenes deleted)

John Abbott ... Reporter (uncredited)
Iris Adrian ... Theatergoer (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Soldier Leaving Theater (uncredited)
George Anderson ... Businessman (uncredited)
Henry Armetta ... Barber (uncredited)
Charles Arnt ... Fred Stacy - Reporter (uncredited)
Nelroy Ashley ... Businesswoman (uncredited)
Vi Athens ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William Austin ... Assistant Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Don Barclay ... Photographer (uncredited)
Charles Bates ... Boy (uncredited)

Billy Bevan ... Patrol Cop-Driver (uncredited)

Lloyd Bridges ... Aviator Captain (uncredited)
Tom Brown ... Boy (uncredited)
Lucile Browne ... Miss Flemming (uncredited)
Eddie Bruce ... Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Gary Bruce ... TSgt. Conway (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Radio Car Cop (uncredited)
Sandra Coles ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Pedro de Cordoba ... Prof. Van Dorn - Lepidopterist (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... McKenzie's Secretary (uncredited)
George Davis ... Room Service Waiter (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Mayor's Aide (uncredited)
John Dilson ... Businessman (uncredited)
Pauline Drake ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Tom Dugan ... Callahan - Police Announcer (uncredited)
Fern Emmett ... Scholarly-Type Woman (uncredited)
Walter Fenner ... Walt Disney (uncredited)
Mary Field ... Taxi Girl (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Skeptic on Subway (uncredited)
Byron Foulger ... Theatergoer (uncredited)
Almeda Fowler ... Woman (uncredited)

Howard Freeman ... McKenzie (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Cop Outside Flynn Theater (uncredited)
Vaughan Glaser ... Prof. Draper - Lepidopterist (uncredited)
William Gould ... Brandt's Editor (uncredited)

Gary Gray ... Boy with Shoebox (uncredited)
Joseph J. Greene ... Rajah Pirate (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Gabriel Heatter ... Himself (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Photographer (uncredited)
Thelma Joel ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Johnson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Erwin Kalser ... Scientist #3 (uncredited)
Nell Clark Keller ... Woman (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Inventory Man (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Jack Lee ... Reporter (uncredited)
Grace Lenard ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Ann Loos ... Sarah - Jerry's Secretary (uncredited)
Robert Lowell ... Lieutenant (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Committee Man (uncredited)
Hugh Maguire ... Boy (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Harry - Reporter (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Guest (uncredited)
Mickey McGuire ... Fatso (uncredited)
Alex Melesh ... Waiter (uncredited)
Sybil Merritt ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
June Millarde ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ida Moore ... Gossipy Woman on Subway (uncredited)
George N. Neise ... Aviator Lieutenant (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Man at Audition (uncredited)
Jack Norton ... Barber Shop Customer (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Theater Usher (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Man spouting Poetry (uncredited)
Emory Parnell ... Radio Cart Cop (uncredited)
Barbara Pepper ... Taxi Girl (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Desk Cop (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Mr. Snapps - Janitor (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Shipyard Worker (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Newspaper Office Typist (uncredited)
Paul Stanton ... Dunhill (uncredited)
Alan Stone ... Radio Technician (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Patrol Car Cop (uncredited)
Robert Tafur ... Gaucho (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Shipyard Worker (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Theater Usher (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Businessman (uncredited)
Pierre Watkin ... Radio Stage Manager (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Businessman (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Woman (uncredited)
Lewis Wilson ... Man (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Joe - Reporter (uncredited)
Freeman Wood ... Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Alexander Hall 
 
Writing credits
Lewis Meltzer (screenplay) &
Oscar Saul (screenplay)

Irving Fineman (adaptation)

Norman Corwin (story) &
Lucille Fletcher (story) (as Lucille Fletcher Herrmann)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
 
Cinematography by
Franz Planer (director of photography) (as Franz F. Planer)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Edward C. Jewell  (as Edward Jewell)
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Mull .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jack A. Goodrich .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
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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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Sametka (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yes Sir, That's My BabySee more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Use Your Imagination, 15 July 2007
Author: MCL1150 from United States

I caught this wonderful little film toady on TCM. Well, it does star Cary Grant with support from two of Hollywood's great character actor's William Demarest and James Gleason so it's not too little. Anyway, the whole plot revolves around a child who discovers a caterpillar that dances every time he plays "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" on his harmonica. The thing is that he keeps the 'pillar in a shoebox, and anytime anyone wants to see "Curly" the caterpillar dance, they have to hold the box up to an eye and peer in. And what they see is nothing short of amazing. A true life fairy tale. The viewer, however, NEVER sees Curly dance. No doubt this was due to the lack of "appropriate" special FX of the time, but I think it works so much better. Your imagination takes over and you can't help but see Curley dance! At least I could clearly "see" it. If it were remade today, they'd HAVE TO show you Curly dancing and probably speaking as well. Kids today would feel cheated and walk out of the theater in droves. And in today's world, there'd marketing of a cute character and millions of $$$ at stake. At least I THINK he was cute because that's what I saw in my imagination. The movie is even ahead of its time in respect to marketing because Walt Disney himself greedily pursues purchasing Curley to build a live action/animated feature around. Some things will never change. You'll love the obvious, but surprise ending. Yes, that's a contradiction, but just watch it for yourself. Great fantasy film and the kind they can't make anymore, because if they did, you'd probably be disappointed because Curly just wouldn't live up to your imagination.

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