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Edward Huebsch (writer)
Mark Twain (story)
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Release Date:
6 May 1948 (USA) See more »
A GAMBLING MAN WHO'D BET ON ANYTHING...EVEN LOVE! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
Jim Smiley has a frog that can jump further than anyone else's frog, and Jim becomes obsessed with entering the frog in all of the local jumping-frog contests, not realizing that his obsession is about to cost him his marriage. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Edgar Buchanan ... Jim Smiley

Anna Lee ... Nancy Smiley

Robert Shayne ... Judge Leonidas K. Carter

Gary Gray ... Bob Smiley
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Amos

Stanley Andrews ... Sheriff Dingle

George Lynn ... Mr. Crow
Billy Sheffield ... Monty Carter (as Bill Sheffield)
Marietta Canty ... Hester
Paul E. Burns ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Chesebro ... Creditor (uncredited)
Robert B. Churchill ... Stranger (uncredited)
Chester Clute ... Villager (uncredited)
Tom Coffey ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ... Racetrack Judge (uncredited)
Jerry Franks Jr. ... Bookmaker (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Stranger (uncredited)
Rodney Hildebrand ... Dog Handler (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Captain Grayson (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Villager (uncredited)
Al Kunde ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Villager (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Villager (uncredited)

Mantan Moreland ... Ice Cream Vendor (uncredited)
Joseph C. Narcisse ... Dock Worker (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Steward (uncredited)
Vester Pegg ... Creditor (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Villager on Dock (uncredited)
Ralph Peters ... Bookmaker (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Dog Handler (uncredited)
William Sundholm ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Al Thompson ... Creditor (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Dock Officer (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Race Announcer (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Huebsch  writer
Mark Twain  story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"

Produced by
Ted Richmond .... producer
Cinematography by
Vincent J. Farrar  (as Vincent Farrar)
Film Editing by
James Sweeney 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe 
Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Donnelly .... assistant director
Sound Department
Howard Fogetti .... sound technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Klein .... camera operator
Pat Sutherland .... grip
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
John Leipold .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Joseph Nussbaum .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Rose Loewinger .... script supervisor

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USA:78 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
How many people still alive have seen this film?, 3 June 2001
Author: Kent Rasmussen from

So far as I know, this film has never been released on video. And it may never have been shown on television. In fact, it's possible that I own the only surviving copy of the film! I bought a nice clean 16mm print of it on eBay last year and later had to buy a sound projector in order to watch it. However, even now, I have only seen the first reel (because it took me and a friend so long to get the projector running properly the night we tried to watch the film that we didn't have the energy to sit all the way through it.)

Made in the late '40s, the film is a loose (very loose) adaptation of Mark Twain's jumping frog story. Its main character, Jim Smiley (played by Edgar Buchanan) is a ne'er-do-well obsessed with betting on his champion jumping frog who must change his ways in order to avoid losing his wife. Not much more to say about the film

I regard this film as being strictly for Mark Twain aficianados. And if you happen to be one of them folk, try to get yourself to the State of Mark Twain Studies conference in Elmira, N.Y., on August 16-18, 2001.

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