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Once Upon a Time -- This heartwarming fantasy stars Cary Grant, a failed Broadway producer who, upon learning of the existence of a dancing caterpillar owned by youngster Ted Donaldson, acquires the miraculous insect inorder to exploit its commercial worth. When Disney offers him $100,000 for it, he knows he's onto something big.


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Release Date:
29 June 1944 (USA) See more »
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Mickey McGuire ... Fatso (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Guest (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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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fantasy is the real star, 25 October 2001

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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