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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
Mrs. Reilly
Police Officer Timothy Reilly
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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Barely entertaining short benefits from Dean Stockwell's performance...
23 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

Surely, a better story could have evolved around a boy required to write an essay on "A Very Important Person" and choosing to name his father as recipient of the honor.

In this lackluster short, the boy suddenly decides that his hard working father (a traffic cop) is worthy of being the subject of his prize-winning essay. DEAN STOCKWELL, one of the few natural child actors, is impressive in the central role as the boy who gradually comes to realize that he doesn't have to look far for a worthy subject.

Perhaps if the father had a strong role in the proceedings, the ending might be more believable. As it is, it's a weak message delivered in a routine way by MGM. Contract player CONNIE GILCHRIST has a small role as Dean's hard-working mother.

Narrated by John Nesbitt, it's a bit pretentious and easy to skip.

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