6.1/10
784
30 user 10 critic

Once Upon a Time (1944)

Approved | | Comedy , Fantasy | 29 June 1944 (USA)
A cash-strapped theater producer promotes a nine-year-old boy's dancing caterpillar.

Director:

Alexander Hall

Writers:

Lewis Meltzer (screenplay), Oscar Saul (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Europe at the start of World War II, a woman notices that wherever her husband goes, the Nazis seem to follow. Meanwhile, a charming reporter is following them.

Director: Leo McCarey
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Cary Grant, Walter Slezak
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A fairly well-to-do family takes in two troubled orphans.

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Lurene Tuttle
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A willful woman concocts an elaborate scheme to trap a handsome pediatrician into marriage.

Director: Don Hartman
Stars: Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone
Crisis (1950)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While on vacation in a Latin American country, an American neurosurgeon and his wife become tangled in a revolutionary uprising against a tyrannical dictator.

Director: Richard Brooks
Stars: Cary Grant, José Ferrer, Paula Raymond
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When an itinerant reluctantly returns home to help his sickly mother run her shop, they are both tempted to turn to crime to help make ends meet.

Director: Clifford Odets
Stars: Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, Barry Fitzgerald
Dream Wife (1953)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A business tycoon decides to wed a Middle Eastern princess whose customs dictate the pair must live apart for several months before marrying; even more complications settle in when the tycoon's ex-fiancée is assigned to chaperone the pair.

Director: Sidney Sheldon
Stars: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Walter Pidgeon
Night and Day (1946)
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A fictionalized biopic of composer Cole Porter from his days at Yale in the 1910s through the height of his success to the 1940s.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, Monty Woolley
Mr. Lucky (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A gambler has plans to swindle money from a charity program, but starts to have second thoughts when he falls for a rich society girl.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Laraine Day, Charles Bickford
In Name Only (1939)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After a wealthy man finds out his wife is a gold digger, he meets and falls for a widowed mother, and complications ensue.

Director: John Cromwell
Stars: Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Kay Francis
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It's a lot more trouble than they think.

Director: H.C. Potter
Stars: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Just prior to the American War of Independence, aristocratic Virginian Jane Peyton marries unsophisticated rustic farmer and surveyor Matt Howard who takes her to his Shenandoah Valley plantation and later goes to war.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Cary Grant, Martha Scott, Cedric Hardwicke
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An escaped prisoner and a stuffy law professor vie for the hand of a spirited schoolteacher.

Director: George Stevens
Stars: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Ronald Colman
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Jerry Flynn
Janet Blair ... Jeannie Thompson
James Gleason ... McGillicuddy aka The Moke
Ted Donaldson ... Arthur 'Pinky' Thompson
William Demarest ... Brandt
Edit

Storyline

Smalltime crookster and showman Jerry Flynn is desperately searching for a new act to promote in order to save him from ruin. He meets a boy on the street who claims to have a dancing caterpillar called Curly. Flynn seizes the opportunity for fame and fortune at Curly's expense. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

...the picture about that screwy dancing caterpillar! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexander Hall's Once Upon a Time See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 4, 1945 with Ted Donaldson reprising his film role. See more »

Connections

Version of Sametka (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Yes Sir, That's My Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played often throughout the film
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A dancing caterpillar! Really?
30 April 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Undoubtedly one of his worst films this deservedly obscure Cary Grant film is a paper thin and borderline idiotic story about a dancing caterpillar! The lead kid could not be more noxious and Grant gives a remarkably arch performance, mugging shamelessly. He must have realized what a dog this was, forced to do it under contract and figured that over reacting and turning on the goo might save this dreck. Janet Blair is incredibly lovely but given very little to do. Two wonderful character actors, James Gleason and William Demarest are likewise wasted and stuck in this disaster. All stars have dogs in their credits list and this one is right next to The Pride and the Passion for Cary.


5 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed