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Credited cast:
Jimmy Osmond ...
Tom Fitzgerald
Pat Delaney
Aunt Bertha
Len Birman
James Jarnigan
John Fredric Hart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Jensen
Willy Cardin ...
Sweyn Fitzgerald
Alan Christensen ...
Frank Jensen
John F. Hart
William Kezele ...
Jimmy Peterson
Danny Thompson ...
Andy Anderson


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Half hero, half con-artist, all heart!





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June 1978 (USA)  »

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A hammy but okay adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel
24 April 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This isn't a great movie, by any stretch. The acting is hammy, and a very young Jimmy Osmond is frankly, too chubby to play The Great Brain. But if you like the John D. Fitzgerald novels, you'll find the film a treat. I'm glad it's out and that I taped it in the early 1980s. I'm not sure it's for sale on video. It's a definite G and post-toddler kids will like it. However, those adults unfamiliar with the Great Brain character will be turning off the channel or VCR pretty quickly. On the plus side, the sets of early, rural Utah are pretty well done and the cast, if inexperienced, is at least earnest.

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