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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.


Edmund Goulding


Robert Riskin (screenplay), St. Clair McKelway (article)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins. See more awards »




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


The Secret Service of the US Treasury Department has been able to nab a number of high-powered and violent counterfeiters over the years, but case number 880, which has been open now for ten years, has so far confounded them. The reason this case bothers them so much is not only the duration of the file, but more importantly the fact that the bills themselves and their distribution are of an amateurish nature, including the obvious typographical error, "Wahsington", on them. They do realize that the perpetrator, who they have coined Mister 880, has been able to get away with it so far because the bills are almost exclusively $1, which merchants rarely check, and that the bills collected, which have been distributed solely in New York City, amount to less than $50 per month. The Secret Service decides to bring in Los Angeles based Steve Buchanan to work on the case as a pair of fresh eyes. As Steve goes about his initial investigation of merchants who have been duped over those ten ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Crime | Romance


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Did You Know?


"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 »


Dorothy McGuire returns to the shop outside of which a man has been annoying her, and is then taken in charge by a policeman. The woman in the shop tells her that the man showed ID to the policeman that showed he was a Treasury agent. But the scene between McGuire and the man has established that the woman could not hear what people outside said, and she was certainly too far away to see the man's ID. See more »


Ann Winslow: What did you think it was? A boodle of queer?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear on dollar bills. See more »


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


(uncredited) (1946)
Music by Edmund Goulding
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
[Played as Lancaster and McGuire go into nightclub]
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Edmund Gwenn as another darlin'man
7 December 2002 | by IshallwearpurpleSee all my reviews

When I first saw this in 1950 I just loved "the Skipper" and every time I watch it, as I did yesterday, I fall again. A very good actor who just melts your heart in his characterizations.

Burt Lancaster as the Agent trying to solve an old case that has bugged the Secret Service for a decade; and Dorothy McGuire as the U.N. interpreter caught up in the investigation are fine. When they are in the restaurant purring at each other, while saying serious things about the case, it is a wonderful scene. Fine direction and acting.

I watch it as the beginning of my holiday "classic" film month. Nothing to do with Christmas, Thanksgiving or New Years. But it does end with the music to Auld Lang Sang playing in the background and the spirit is that of a holiday movie. A treat and I give it 9/10.


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Release Date:

29 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old 880 See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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