Monday, June 6, 2011

Once Upon a Time(1944).

Once Upon a Time(1944). Cast: Cary Grant, Janet Blair, James Gleason,Ted Donaldson and William Demarest.

The story begins when Jerry Flynn, is about to lose his theater because his last three plays were  flops. When he tosses Pinky a nickle, the boy shows Jerry his pet caterpillar, Curly, who dances when Pinky plays "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" on his harmonica. Jerry sees a chance to make money to save his theater, but... it would betray his little friend.. Pinky.

This is a very charming film about friendship and there are some excellent performances.  James Gleason, as Grant's sidekick and young Ted Donaldson, who also gives a wonderful performance. Grant, had wonderful chemistry with Donaldson, who won a Critics Award for his performance.

Janet Blair (April 23, 1921 – February 19, 2007). During World War II, she made many successful pictures, although she is best remembered for playing Rosalind Russell's sister in, My Sister Eileen (1942) and Rita Hayworth's best friend in Tonight and Every Night (1945).

She later performed in a British horror film, Night of the Eagle (1962). Her last performance was on television in a 1991 episode of Murder, She Wrote, starring Angela Lansbury.


  1. One of the few Cary Grant films I have yet to see. Great post Dawn. I definitely want to check this one out.

  2. Thank you, Monty. Hopfully, TCM will play it again soon.


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