Once upon a Time (1944)

Once upon a Time (1944)





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Based on Norman Corwin's satirical radio play My Client Curley, Once Upon a Time is an engaging bit of whimsy, completely dominated by the personality of star Cary Grant. It all begins when fly-by-night Broadway producer Jerry Flynn (Grant) learns of a trained caterpillar (!) that dances to the tune of "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby." In short order, Jerry has promoted Curly the Caterpillar to international stardom-and in the process he alienates both Pinky Thompson (Ted Donaldson), the impressionable 9-year-old who owns Curley, and Pinky's attractive older sister Jeanne (Janet Blair). Eventually, Flynn comes to his senses and regains his essential decency-though it's too late to continue capitalizing on Curley, who has turned into a non-dancing butterfly! Full of delightful contemporary references and "cameo appearances" by such celebrities as producer Walt Disney and radio commentator Gabriel Heatter (both played by uncredited impressionists), Once Upon a Time proved an agreeable diversion for wartime audiences.
Classics , Comedy , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Special Interest , Romance
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Lloyd Bridges
as Captain
Cary Grant
as Jerry Flynn
Jeff Donnell
as Brooklyn Girl
Lionel Braham
as Weight Lifter
Ian Wolfe
as Reporter
James Gleason
as "The Moke"
Charles Waldron
as Preacher
Robert Lowell
as Lieutenant
Lane Chandler
as Doorman
George Davis
as Waiter
Jack Lee
as Reporter
Cliff Clark
as Radio Cop
Tom Kennedy
as Truckman
Pedro de Cordoba
as Scientist
Howard Freeman
as McKenzie
Mary Field
as Taxi Girl
Kirk Alyn
as Attendant
Fred Howard
as Photographer
Barbara Pepper
as Taxi Girl
Tom Dugan
as Police Announcer
Ray Teal
as Shipyard Worker
Janet Blair
as Jeannie Thompson
John Abbott
as Reporter
Ted Donaldson
as Pinky Thompson
James Flavin
as Business Man
Clyde Fillmore
as FBI Executive
John Kelly
as Truckman
Don Barclay
as Photographer
Vernon Dent
as Business Man
Eddie Acuff
as Shipyard Worker
Emmett Vogan
as Business Man
William Gould
as Editor
Emory Parnell
as Radio Cop
Charles Arnt
as Reporter
Ida Moore
as Gossipy Woman
Pierre Watkin
as Radio Stage Manager
Henry Armetta
as Barber
Paul Stanton
as Dunhill
Murray Alper
as Soldier
George N. Neise
as Lieutenant
John Dilson
as Business Man
Art Baker
as Gabriel Heatter
Vaughan Glaser
as Scientist
Torben Meyer
as Hotel Manager
Fern Emmett
as Teacher Type
Erwin Kalser
as Scientist
Jack Norton
as Customer
Harrison Greene
as Business Man
Syd Saylor
as Shipyard Worker
Charles Coleman
as English Bobby
Christian Rub
as Janitor
Frank S. Hagney
as Assistant Cyclist
George Tyne
as Jitterbug
George Anderson
as Business Man
Lucille Browne
as Miss Flemmin
Nolan Leary
as Elevator Man
Eula Guy
as Telephone Operator
Walter Fenner
as Walt Disney Double
Ruth Warren
as Fatso's Mother
Phyllis Kennedy
as Telephone Operator
Leonard Carey
as English Bobby
Robert B. Williams
as Stage Manager
Sybil Merritt
as Chorus Girl
Mary Currier
as Secretary
Sid Saylor
as Shipyard Worker
Eddie Hall
as Bike Rider
Frederic Howard
as Photographer
William Yip
as Chinese Man
Alex Melesh
as Waiter
Joseph J. Greene
as Rajah Pirate
Grace Lenard
as Telephone Operator
George Bruggeman
as Trapeze Artist
Robert Tafur
as Gaucho
Pauline Drake
as Telephone Operator
Eddie Bruce
as Clerk
Anne Loos
as Secretary
Thelma Joel
as Chorus Girl
Bill Chaney
as Call Boy
Marilyn Johnson
as Chorus Girl
Gary Bruce
as Technical Sergeant
Walter Pietila
as Trapeze Artist
Lawrence Lathrop
as Call Boy
Vi Athens
as Chorus Girl
Nelroy Ashley
as Business Woman
June Millarde
as Chorus Girl
Alan Stone
as Radio Technician
Sandra Coles
as Telephone Operator
Jing Lim
as Chinese Man
William Austin
as Assistant Hotel Manager
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Critic Reviews for Once upon a Time

All Critics (1)

Why any creature, let along a caterpillar, would be able to find any rhythm in Pinky's spastic, asthmatic [harmonica] playing is beyond me.

Full Review… | October 15, 2003

Audience Reviews for Once upon a Time

A fun likable movie that isn't necessarily engrossing but still charming enough to be worth a watch.

Vincent Hannam
Vincent Hannam

This kind of reminded me of the dancing frog cartoon from looney tunes, but not as good, I mean it's a caterpillar for goodness sakes! That's just silly. The movie isn't bad otherwise, though, the actors are good, and the story could be really good if not for that silly caterpillar.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Deservedly obscure Cary Grant film, paper thin and borderline idiotic about a dancing caterpillar! The lead kid could not be more noxious and Grant gives, for him, a remarkably arch performance, mugging shamelessly often. He must have realized what a dog this was, forced to do it under contract and figured that over reacting and turning on the goo might save this dreck. Janet Blair is incredibly lovely but given very little to do.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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