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A Really Important Person (1947)

Approved | | Short, Drama | 11 January 1947 (USA)
A policeman's son searches for a suitable subject for an essay about an important person.



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Complete credited cast:
Billy Reilly
Connie Gilchrist ...
Mrs. Reilly
Police Officer Timothy Reilly
John Nesbitt ...
Himself - Narrator (voice)


Eight year old Billy Reilly is trying to find someone important to write about for an essay contest on a great person. The contest is sponsored by a sports shop, with a baseball glove as the winning prize. In a discussion while Billy is trying to think about who to write, the local librarian makes Billy expand his search from the types of people who are generally written about in books, to people that Billy may encounter every day that do important things. Regardless, Billy still has troubles finding a subject. It isn't until an incident that happens to him during a pickup baseball game in a back lot and a seemingly unrelated discussion with his policeman father at home later that day that makes Billy choose his subject, and view that person in a different light than he has done before. Those incidents in combination also make Billy change his focus from trying to win a baseball glove to highlighting what he sees and what he hopes others will see through his essay as the greatness of ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Drama






Release Date:

11 January 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Passing Parade No. 59: A Really Important Person  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Included in Warner Home Video's 7-disc 2005 DVD release "The Complete Thin Man Collection". See more »


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Follows This Is the Bowery (1941) See more »

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Works Rather Well
12 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This simple short feature works rather well, thanks in part to a decent story and in part to Dean Stockwell as the young boy. It is the kind of morality play that can easily become cloying or dreary if not handled carefully, but in this case it comes off all right.

Stockwell plays a boy who wants to enter an essay contest, for which the subject is "A Really Important Person". The character is portrayed as a typical boy, motivated by the desire to have fun and to please his friends. Stockwell plays the part well, and makes his otherwise familiar character worth being interested in. The story is also careful not to press its points too hard. The plot is rather predictable, but that was probably more or less by design.

There is just enough to the story to make it interesting without distracting attention from its intended point. While nothing remarkable, this is a decent example of how a simple, familiar, somewhat moralistic story can communicate its point without frills.

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