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Mister Scoutmaster (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 September 1953 (USA)
Snobby TV star (Clifton Webb) worries that he is out of touch with the younger generation and that's why his TV show is failing. He becomes a Boy Scout leader in an effort to "get in touch.... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Levin

Writers:

Rice E. Cochran (novel), Leonard Praskins (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clifton Webb ... Robert Jordan
Edmund Gwenn ... Dr. Stone
George Winslow ... Mike Marshall (as George 'Foghorn' Winslow)
Frances Dee ... Helen Jordan
Veda Ann Borg ... Blonde
Orley Lindgren ... Ace
Jimmy Hawkins ... Herbie Weber
Jimmy Moss Jimmy Moss ... Vernon Swanson
Sammy Ogg Sammy Ogg ... Harold Johnson
Skip Torgerson Skip Torgerson ... Christy Kerns
Lee Aaker ... Arthur
Mickey Little Mickey Little ... Chick
Jon Gardner Jon Gardner ... Larry
Sarah Selby Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Weber
Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph ... Savannah, the Maid
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Snobby TV star (Clifton Webb) worries that he is out of touch with the younger generation and that's why his TV show is failing. He becomes a Boy Scout leader in an effort to "get in touch." Overnight hikes and other adventures follow, all centered around one small boy who takes a liking to the old curmudgeon. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allegri esploratori 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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Trivia

Mister Scoutmaster Director Henry Levin and and young cast member Jimmy Hawkins were re-united in 1980 when Mr. Hawkins turned to Producing. Jimmy hired Mr. Levin to direct the NBC MOW 'Scout's Honor' starring Gary Coleman. It was loosely based on Mister Scoutmaster. Mr. Levin died on the set while directing the final scene of 'Scout's Honor'. Mr. Hawkins gathered the cast and crew together the next morning to finish directing the production. Mr. Coleman dedicated the movie in honor of Mr. Levin. See more »

Connections

Remade as Scout's Honor (1980) See more »

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An enjoyable diversion
11 March 2012 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

A cute little film not designed to be a classic but as a showcase for the talents of Clifton Webb who this is obviously tailored too. He is his usual irascible self, slowly simmering to a boil and ever mindful of his dignity which is stripped away at regular intervals.

Nice to see Frances Dee a pleasant actress who once married to Joel McCrea rarely worked and then often in undemanding supporting roles. Such is her part here but she does well by and is a good balance with Webb's starch.

George Winslow is sweetly endearing as the misfit cub who idolizes the scoutmaster in his own way.

Efficiently directed with a veteran supporting cast this moves along at a quick clip, a most enjoyable diversion.


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