Gentle romantic comedy about a Secret Service Agent trying to catch a cold case counterfeiter and a United Nations translator.

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William 'Skipper' Miller
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The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret Service for 20 years. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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29 September 1950 (USA)  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 15, 1951 with Edmund Gwenn reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Steve Buchanan: [to the Chief as he looks through files] So far he's realize more than $50 a month. Can't say the man's been greedy. I guess that's why he's been tough to catch. Of course, what's tougher is the $1 bill. We'll never educate people to examine $1 bills.
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Opening credits appear on dollar bills. See more »

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Referenced in Barney Miller: The Counterfeiter (1979) See more »

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Hold Me
(uncredited) (1933)
Written by Jack Little, Dave Oppenheim (as David Oppenheim), and Ira Schuster
[Request to dance band from Dorothy McGuire]
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Charming comedy about the counterfeiter next door.
30 December 2002 | by (Schenectady, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Edmund Gwenn (best known as Santa Claus in "Miracle on 34th Street) portrays another charming old man who makes ends meet by a little counterfeiting on the side. Burt Lancaster is the treasury agent set to track down the mysterious "Mr. 880," as the Secret Service calls him, but who has time for a little romance. Gwenn, as usual, is delightful and Lancaster, at the beginning of his career, shows the softer side that became more apparent toward its end. The film is a forgotten gem.


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