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When I Grow Up (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 20 April 1951 (USA)
"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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Josh / Danny Reed
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Father Reed
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Mother Reed (1890's)
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Ruthie Reed
Johnny McGovern ...
Duckface Kelly
Frances Chaney ...
Mrs. Kelly (as Frances Cheney)
Poodles Hanneford ...
Bobo
Ralph Dumke ...
Carp
Paul Guilfoyle ...
Doc
Paul Levitt ...
Carp's Assistant
Griff Barnett ...
Dr. Bailey
Margaret Lloyd ...
Volunteer Nurse
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Grandpa Reed
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Father Reed (modern) (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ...
Mother Reed (modern)
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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 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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20 April 1951 (USA)  »

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Denny på rymmarstråt  »

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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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Understanding the importance of family
21 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like the other reviewers, I saw this film in the early 50's at a Saturday matinée. I was 8 or so, and have never forgotten that day. I wonder if all of you who have seen it remember the haunting harmonica tune played throughout, and especially during the last scene. I understand that TCM owns the rights to the film, but have never moved forward with it. I worked for Disney Studios for years, and even presented my case to them as a feature for the Disney Channel, especially since Bobby Driscoll was one of their classic performers. To no avail, I'm afraid.

The world is missing such a gem.


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