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The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 February 1941 (USA)
Perpetual-optimist "Dreamy" Smith aspires to quit his job as newspaper publicity drudge and sail the world. But life--and his editor--conspires against him. Not only does the car he intends... See full summary »

Director:

Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)

Writers:

Ben Markson (screenplay), Kenneth Gamet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Albert ... Robert 'Dreamy' Smith
Joan Leslie ... Mary Clover
Alan Hale ... 'Skipper' Martin
William Lundigan ... Richard Amesworth
John Litel ... John Wade
Charles Trowbridge ... Grover Dillon
Paul Hurst ... Michael O'Connor
Dickie Moore ... 'Limpy' Barnes
John Ridgely ... Eddie Williams
Douglas Kennedy ... Mr. McGraw
George Campeau George Campeau ... Mr. Hanes
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Jig (as William Benedict)
Helen MacKellar ... Mrs. Barnes
Joyce Tucker Joyce Tucker ... Janet Barnes
Mary Field ... Miss Frame
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Perpetual-optimist "Dreamy" Smith aspires to quit his job as newspaper publicity drudge and sail the world. But life--and his editor--conspires against him. Not only does the car he intends using as the boat's downpayment roll into the bay, but his boss starts to claim "Dreamy's" better publicity ideas as his own. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

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YOU KNOW HIM! Just another guy...until he met THE girl!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die kleinen Träume von der weiten Welt See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Leslie was only fifteen years old when this film was shot and turned sixteen less than a month before its release. See more »

Goofs

William 'Billy' Benedict is credited as "Jig," but he is called "Jigs' throughout. See more »

Quotes

'Skipper' Martin: Women are like cats - you feed them a little milk and they rub up against your leg and purr and then along comes a fellow with some cream and pfft, no more kitties.
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Version of How Baxter Butted In (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life on the Ocean Wave
(1838) (uncredited)
Music by Henry Russell
Lyrics by Epes Sargent
Variations often in the score
Sung and whistled by Alan Hale
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Eddie Albert's Dream Role
13 October 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Hapless New York newspaper ad salesman Eddie Albert (as Robert "Dreamy" Smith) is finally going to fulfill his dream. He plans to quit work, buy a sailboat and head out for adventure at sea. After a mishap disposing of his automobile, Mr. Albert must cancel the trip. Pretty co-worker Joan Leslie (as Mary Clover) is happy, but jealous roommate Alan Hale (as "Skipper" Martin) thinks Albert should stop dating Ms. Leslie and save money for his share of their boat. Albert gets into more money problems when he decides to help partially crippled paperboy Dickie Moore (as "Limpy" Barnes)...

Hoping for a bonus at work, Albert comes up with ideas to boost the circulation of his newspaper, but sneaky John Litel (as John Wade) takes all the credit. Albert gets in more trouble for helping future "Bowery Boy" William "Billy" Benedict (as Jigs) get a job. As if that wasn't enough, handsome William Lundigan (as Richard Amesworth) moves in on Leslie...

"The Great Mr. Nobody" is quite pleasant, with future "Green Acres" star Albert shining in a whimsical role. It's interesting to hear Mr. Hale being called "Skipper" throughout as he resembles son Alan Hale Jr., familiar as the Skipper on "Gilligan's Island" in the 1960s. However, this Hale acts differently (more like a stocky Robert Young). Hale Jr. patterned his skipper after Oliver Hardy. Also interesting is how much you Moore's crippled newsboy resembles "Captain Marvel Jr." from the best selling comic book introduced shortly after this film. The ending is weak, but certainly fit the times.

****** The Great Mr. Nobody (2/15/41) Benjamin Stoloff ~ Eddie Albert, Alan Hale, Joan Leslie, Dickie Moore


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