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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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Cast

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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)
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Bobo
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Carp
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Doc
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Carp's Assistant
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Dr. Bailey
Margaret Lloyd ...
Volunteer Nurse
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Grandpa Reed
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Father Reed (modern) (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ...
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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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The only film directed by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Kanin. See more »

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Father Reed (modern): Danny! Show a little respect or I'll belt ya one.
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One of the best, most poignant movies I've ever seen.
26 October 2004 | by (Memphis, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

I first saw the movie when I was around 12 or 13 years old. It has stuck with me all these years as one of the most moving father/son relationship moments I've seen. I tried to incorporate the best of the movie's redeeming values as we raised our son -- now a 34-year old Navy Chaplain. The trials and tribulations of the family and, particularly the father and son, are themes that each of us need to either experience or learn about in life. If we did, I think we would all have a better grasp on the humanity of us all. I've looked for the movie over the years; if it were on or available, I'd watch it over and over. Here's hoping other fathers and sons get to experience this wonderful movie. Roy


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