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Mister 880 (1950)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 29 September 1950 (USA)
Gentle romantic comedy about a Secret Service Agent trying to catch a cold case counterfeiter and a United Nations translator.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Robert Riskin (screenplay), St. Clair McKelway (article)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Burt Lancaster ... Steve Buchanan
Dorothy McGuire ... Ann Winslow
Edmund Gwenn ... William 'Skipper' Miller
Millard Mitchell ... 'Mac' McIntire
Minor Watson ... Judge O'Neil
Howard St. John ... Chief
Hugh Sanders ... Thad Mitchell
James Millican ... Olie Johnson
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Storyline

The Skipper is a charming old man loved by all his neighbors. What they don't know is that he is also Mr. 880, an amateurish counterfeiter who has amazingly managed to elude the Secret Service for 20 years. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

29 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old 880 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 19, 1951 with Edmund Gwenn, Dorothy McGuire and Burt Lancaster reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Steve Buchanan: [to the Chief as he looks through files] So far he's realize more than $50 a month. Can't say the man's been greedy. I guess that's why he's been tough to catch. Of course, what's tougher is the $1 bill. We'll never educate people to examine $1 bills.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear on dollar bills. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Making of 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional
[Played repeatedly as a motif for Skipper]
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Highly entertaining Burt Lancaster comedy!
8 August 2000 | by victraderSee all my reviews

Very Enjoyable film. Too bad Burt Lancaster didn't make more comedies - as he displays a very nice touch here, making fun of his macho image.

I didn't know anything about this film before I watched it and was pleasantly surprised. The characters are a little more "loose" or natural acting than is seen in most Hollywood fare of the time. The story concerns a secret service agent looking for counterfeiters, a translator at the United Nations, and a beloved old man. A very nice, original story.

All the actors are good - Burt, Dorothy McGuire is quite radiant and Edmund Gwynn is dynamite. I'd say he is better in this than in "Miracle on 34th Street". If you are looking for a nice movie that will put a smile on your face - you can't go wrong with this one. It'll stick with you.


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