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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 »

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... Robert Jordan
... Dr. Stone
... Mike Marshall (as George 'Foghorn' Winslow)
... Helen Jordan
... Blonde
Orley Lindgren ... Ace
... Herbie Weber
Jimmy Moss ... Vernon Swanson
Sammy Ogg ... Harold Johnson
Skip Torgerson ... Christy Kerns
... Arthur
Mickey Little ... Chick
Jon Gardner ... Larry
Sarah Selby ... Mrs. Weber
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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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 »

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cute little movie
17 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie was never intended as a big-budget film but was a cute little picture that pretty much anyone could enjoy. It probably won't change your life, but it is certainly charming and engaging.

Clifton Webb plays a curmudgeon (that's certainly not new) who has a TV. However, his ratings are failing and he is worried about cancellation. So he decides maybe he is too out of touch with kids--as he and his wife have none of their own. So, he volunteers as a scoutmaster and regrets doing this almost immediately! Remember, he IS a curmudgeon and doesn't particularly like kids. To make things worse, one of the kids really likes him and follows him like a lost puppy. No matter how indifferently he acts towards the kid, the child just wants to spend time with him! The kid is cute and nearly steals the show all by himself!

What happens next and the twists and turns of the movie are something you'll just have to find out for yourself. Understand that this is a light, cute and yet not cloying movie you'll probably enjoy.


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