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When I Grow Up (1951)

Approved | | Drama | 20 April 1951 (USA)
"When I Grow Up" is an uncharacteristically modest film from producer Sam Spiegel (during his "S. P. Eagle" years). Bobby Driscoll plays a young boy who feels neglected and misunderstood at... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Driscoll ... Josh / Danny Reed
Robert Preston ... Father Reed
Martha Scott ... Mother Reed (1890's)
Sherry Jackson ... Ruthie Reed
Johnny McGovern Johnny McGovern ... Duckface Kelly
Frances Chaney Frances Chaney ... Mrs. Kelly (as Frances Cheney)
Poodles Hanneford ... Bobo
Ralph Dumke Ralph Dumke ... Carp
Paul Guilfoyle ... Doc
Paul Levitt Paul Levitt ... Carp's Assistant
Griff Barnett ... Dr. Bailey
Margaret Lloyd Margaret Lloyd ... Volunteer Nurse
Charley Grapewin ... Grandpa Reed
Harry Morgan ... Father Reed (modern) (as Henry Morgan)
Elisabeth Fraser ... Mother Reed (modern)
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"When I Grow Up" is an uncharacteristically modest film from producer Sam Spiegel (during his "S. P. Eagle" years). Bobby Driscoll plays a young boy who feels neglected and misunderstood at home. Preparing to run away, Bobby chances across an old diary once kept by his grandfather (Charley Grapewin). Leafing through the yellowed pages, Bobby discovers that grandpa went through many of the same childhood travails that Bobby is enduring at that moment--and look how well gramps turned out! Armed with a renewed understanding of (and appreciation for) his elders, Bobby decides to stick around for a while and see how things develop. Written by filmfactsman

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Denny på rymmarstråt See more »

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Horizon Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

George Fields, who plays the harmonica in the opening theme, also plays the harmonica solo in the song "Moon River" for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). See more »

Quotes

Father Reed (modern): Danny! Show a little respect or I'll bat ya one.
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Saw movie 47 years ago and influenced my life, even today.
7 March 1999 | by meister-5See all my reviews

I have been looking for this movie for 47 years. At times I thought I had the wrong title. I only saw the movie once but it influenced my thinking then and still today. I saw myself as Josh/Danny Reed. It was like looking into a mirror. I changed my attitude toward my relationship with peers, younger and older persons. I learned to treat people with respect and expect respect when deserved.


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