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Corinne Griffith (book)
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2 December 1964 (Argentina) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jackie Gleason ... Jack Griffith

Glynis Johns ... Amberlyn Griffith

Charles Ruggles ... Anthony Ghio
Laurel Goodwin ... Augusta Griffith
Linda Bruhl ... Corrie

Ned Glass ... Mr. Sparrow

Murray Hamilton ... Mr. Harvey

Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Keith

Charles Lane ... Mr. Cosgrove
Claude Johnson ... Norman

Don Beddoe ... Mayor Ghio's assistant

Juanita Moore ... Ellie

Trevor Bardette ... Stanley Henderson II

Ken Renard ... Walter

Benny Baker ... Douglas
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frank Albertson ... Gambler (uncredited)

Murray Alper ... Gambler (uncredited)
Carol Andreson ... Oriental Dancer (uncredited)
Johnny Bangert ... Boy (uncredited)
John Barton ... Circus Patron (uncredited)
Jane Betts ... Bearded Lady (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Circus Worker (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Bert (uncredited)

Leonard Bremen ... Gambler (uncredited)

Peter Brooks ... Stanley Henderson 3rd (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Speaker (uncredited)
Adele Claire ... Secretary (uncredited)

Gene Coogan ... Circus Worker (uncredited)
Frank Delfino ... Midget Clown (uncredited)
Chet Douglas ... Grand Marshal (uncredited)
Jac Fisher ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)

Duke Fishman ... Parade Onlooker (uncredited)
Richard Fitzgerald ... Clerk (uncredited)

Don Haggerty ... Gambler (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Ghio Supporter (uncredited)
Bob Hopkins ... Politician (uncredited)

John Indrisano ... Handler (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Circus Patron (uncredited)
Hank Ladd ... Dignitary (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Circus Patron (uncredited)

Barry Livingston ... Little Boy at Church (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Doctor (uncredited)
John Mahoney ... Gambler, Circus Owner (uncredited)
Billy McCoy ... Circus Worker (uncredited)

Frank Mitchell ... Barker (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Ghio Supporter (uncredited)
Joan Patrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Pepper ... Joe (uncredited)
Paul Power ... Man at Social (uncredited)

Eddie Quillan ... Tom (uncredited)
Ron Rogers ... Clown (uncredited)
Michael Ross ... Sheriff (uncredited)

John Roy ... Circus Patron (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Circus Worker (uncredited)
J. Lewis Smith ... Cook (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Circus Performer (uncredited)
Towyna Thomas ... Greeter (uncredited)

Jack Tornek ... Circus Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Galvin Supporter (uncredited)
Romo Vincent ... Gambler (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Circus Patron (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Rev. Elkins (uncredited)
Jack Whalen ... Strong Man (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Corinne Griffith  book
Jack Rose  writer

Produced by
Jack Rose .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph J. Lilley 
Cinematography by
Loyal Griggs 
Film Editing by
Frank P. Keller 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lonergan 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
James W. Payne 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Gary Morris .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Jacobson .... assistant director
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph J. Lilley .... conductor
Gus Levene .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

A scene featuring a song called "Walking Happy" was edited out before the film's release but was later used in (and was the title for) a Broadway show in New York. As Gleason sings the tune, he and his on-screen daughter Linda Bruhl walk down a hometown street while Gleason sings about the people they meet along the way. The song was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, both of whom also wrote "Call Me Irresponsible," which remained in the film.See more »
Jack Griffith:How sweet it is!See more »
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Call Me IrresponsibleSee more »


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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Screwball pathos, 26 June 2001
Author: missy_baxter ( from Boston, MA

This turn-of-the-century period piece defines a genre all its own: screwball pathos. Jackie is larger-than-life, outrageous, sings the Academy-award-winning Best Song ("Call Me Irresponsible") in self-deprecatory pathos, and is generally an irresponsible but frustratingly lovable alcoholic of a husband to Glynis Johns. Johns is marvelous as the wife at the end of her rope who really doesn't want to let go, but feels like she must for the good of her children. The result is not entirely successful, and elicits some consternation from me as a modern woman, but I know that's the wrong perspective. It's certainly memorable, and moves reasonably well, so it's worth a look if you haven't seen it.

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