When I Grow Up (1951)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  20 April 1951 (USA)
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"When I Grow Up" is an uncharacteristically modest film from producer Sam Spiegel (during his "S. P. Eagle" years). Bobby Driscoll plays a young boy who feels neglected and misunderstood at... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh / Danny Reed
Father Reed
Mother Reed (1890's)
Ruthie Reed
Johnny McGovern ...
Duckface Kelly
Frances Chaney ...
Mrs. Kelly (as Frances Cheney)
Poodles Hanneford ...
Ralph Dumke ...
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Paul Levitt ...
Carp's Assistant
Griff Barnett ...
Dr. Bailey
Margaret Lloyd ...
Volunteer Nurse
Grandpa Reed
Father Reed (modern) (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mother Reed (modern)


"When I Grow Up" is an uncharacteristically modest film from producer Sam Spiegel (during his "S. P. Eagle" years). Bobby Driscoll plays a young boy who feels neglected and misunderstood at home. Preparing to run away, Bobby chances across an old diary once kept by his grandfather (Charley Grapewin). Leafing through the yellowed pages, Bobby discovers that grandpa went through many of the same childhood travails that Bobby is enduring at that moment--and look how well gramps turned out! Armed with a renewed understanding of (and appreciation for) his elders, Bobby decides to stick around for a while and see how things develop. Written by filmfactsman

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Release Date:

20 April 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Denny på rymmarstråt  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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George Fields, who plays the harmonica in the opening theme, also plays the harmonica solo in the song "Moon River" for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). See more »

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A Keeper in my repertoire
5 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never been able to forget this movie. I was 7 or 8 years old when I saw it. I stayed all day on that Saturday, which was matinée day at the local theater 2 blocks from my home and saw it several times in that one day I was allowed to go to the movies. It was the first movie that made me feel part of it. My most memorable moment was when he was reading and making his own diary and attempting to spell words which were only sounds. Sounds he made with his mouth and a slap or finger popping in and out of his cheek. There was as definite connection for me with Bobby Driscoll in that movie. I felt like his personal friend and peeking in on his life, giving my the feeling of the love I had for my own. I only wish I knew where I could obtain that movie on DVD or VHS, for to me, it is truly a classic. I'm now 63 years old, and when looking at photos of Bobby back then, I become that 7/8 year old boy for just a moment. I can't believe I have found this information on this site, to bring back such a wonderful time in my life.

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