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The Remarkable Andrew (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 3 April 1944 (Sweden)
When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in ... See full summary »

Director:

Stuart Heisler

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (novel), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... General Andrew Jackson
William Holden ... Andrew Long
Ellen Drew ... Peggy Tobin
Montagu Love ... General George Washington
Gilbert Emery ... Mr. Thomas Jefferson
Brandon Hurst ... Mr. Chief Justice John Marshall
George Watts George Watts ... Dr. Benjamin Franklin
Rod Cameron ... Jesse James
Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin ... Private Henry Bartholomew Smith
Richard Webb ... Randall Stevens
Spencer Charters ... Dr. Clarence Upjohn
Minor Watson ... District Attorney Orville Beamish
Clyde Fillmore Clyde Fillmore ... Mayor Ollie Lancaster
Thomas W. Ross ... Judge Ormond Krebbs
Porter Hall ... Chief Clerk Art Slocumb
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Storyline

When Andrew Long, hyper-efficient small town accountant, finds a $1240 discrepancy in the city budget, his superiors try to explain it away. When he insists on pursuing the matter, he's in danger of being blamed himself. In his trouble, the spirit of Andrew Jackson, whom he idolizes, visits him, and in turn, summons much high-powered talent from American history...which only Andrew can see. Can he get out of trouble before too many people think he's crazy? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 April 1944 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Min osynlige vän See more »

Filming Locations:

Carson City, Nevada, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Chicago Tuesday 2 April 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Milwaukee 3 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Seattle 5 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Omaha 14 May 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), by Detroit 21 September 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), by Grand Rapids 3 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Asheville 4 November 1959 on WLOS (Channel 13), by New York City 20 February 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2), and by Lowell MA (serving the Boston area) 14 April 1960 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

Quotes

Gen. Andrew Jackson: You've been trying to keep an honest accounting of city money. You've been dealing with politicians. You've been standing up for your own rights. Haven't you? Naturally, you landed in jail.
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Pair Of Andrews
16 July 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Remarkable Andrew is a charming and whimsical fantasy with strong Frank Capra like overtones. A pair of Andrews are involved here, the 7th president of the United States Andrew Jackson played by Brian Donlevy and Andrew Long a city bookkeeper in Shale City, Colorado whose ancestor saved Jackson's life at the Battle Of New Orleans.

William Holden plays Andrew Long who finds a discrepancy in the city books and he resists pressure to whitewash and cover up the discrepancy. For that he's framed to take the fall for the discrepancy.

The ghost of Andrew Jackson comes to pay an old debt which causes a few comical moments for the audience, not for Holden especially with his fiancé Ellen Drew. When Holden is jailed Jackson brings reinforcements with the ghosts of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, Benjamin Franklin, and Jesse James. Obviously Jesse has talents that can be put to use the others lack and does. And there is poor Private Henry Smith played by Jimmy Conlin who came along for the ride.

The courtroom scene is a classic reminding one so much of Mister Deeds Goes To Town when Gary Cooper's sanity is called into question. Or Jimmy Stewart fighting his expulsion from the Senate is Mr. Smith Goes To Washington.

In fact Bill Holden who said that he admired Spencer Tracy and Fredric March as actors gets to deliver a long Tracy like speech to the court. He did the same kind of speech at the board meeting climax scene in Executive Suite in the next decade. His ghostly friends provide him the ammunition to clear himself.

Directed by Stuart Heisler the script was adopted by Dalton Trumbo of the Hollywood 10 from his own novel. If this was the stuff that got him blacklisted it's a frightening prospect.

The Remarkable Andrew is a real gem among the early films of William Holden.


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