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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 ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allegri esploratori See more »

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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 »

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

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Light, fun movie but a poor adaptation of an excellent book
3 July 2006 | by danstirling2000See all my reviews

The book (titled 'Be Prepared!')was written as a semi-autobiographical account by Keith Monroe, using Rice Cochran as a pseudonym. Since he was in his 30's at the time the book was published and had been a scoutmaster for only a few years, it has been suggested that many of the experiences belonged to his father, also a scoutmaster for many years. Rumor was that the head of Boy Scouts at the time was enraged by the book, and called for the head of the author. The book, if you can find it, is an excellent read and offers profound insight into the life of a scoutmaster. Clifton Webb's portrayal as a curmudgeonly yet lovable leader, somewhat naive to the behavior of boys, is enjoyable but the movie is more fluff than substance. I must admit my bias, having earned Eagle Scout in the author's troop.


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