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Writers:
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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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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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All Great Stories Begin With......................, 11 September 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Cary Grant got to extend his range in Once Upon A Time and at the same time make a family film that was guaranteed box office. Not a bad win-win situation for him.

The extension was having Grant play a not very nice show business producer who is now on his uppers. The theater he built in flush times is now threatened with foreclosure. But the answer just might be in the form of a young kid played by Ted Donaldson with a caterpillar which he keeps in a shoebox who actually gets up dances to the tune of Yes Sir That's My Baby.

This rhythmically endowed caterpillar is for real all right, if only Grant can get the marketing rights to him and make the public believe. After some tries that ended in flops he gets Art Baker who played real life radio news broadcaster Gabriel Heatter to see the caterpillar named Curly and give it the kind of radio plug the New York Sun gave to an editorial answer to Virginia's letter about Santa Claus.

But an offer from Walt Disney to add Curly to his Magic Kingdom now in formation is too good to pass up. But that would involve breaking young Donaldson's heart and also Grant would be running afoul of the young lad's sister, Janet Blair. Can Cary Grant be that big a heel?

Once Upon A Time is a charming fantasy that I'm surprised no one has thought of remaking except the Japanese who did a short subject animated version of this story in the Sixties. I can certainly Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes doing a version of this story, maybe having Justin Bieber play the kid. Instead of Walt Disney they could sell him to Steven Spielberg and a known internet blogger could break the story.

I want some screen credit if someone reads this review and sells the idea to Tom Cruise. Until then this is still a fine family film that holds up well even if people today have no idea who Gabriel Heatter was.

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