Mister 880

Mister 880

Director: Edmund Goulding

Cast: Burt Lancaster, Dorothy McGuire, Edmund Gwenn

     
 

Based on a true story, Mister 880 is the whimsical tale of an elderly gentleman (Edmund Gwenn) who dabbles in counterfeiting. He makes only enough "funny money" to support himself, but the fact that his work is so amateurish (he can't even spell "Washington") arouses the indignation of the treasury department. Burt Lancaster, the hard-nosed treasury agent put…  See more details below

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Based on a true story, Mister 880 is the whimsical tale of an elderly gentleman (Edmund Gwenn) who dabbles in counterfeiting. He makes only enough "funny money" to support himself, but the fact that his work is so amateurish (he can't even spell "Washington") arouses the indignation of the treasury department. Burt Lancaster, the hard-nosed treasury agent put on the case, is determined to prosecute the miscreant to the full extent of the law. In tracking down a lead, Lancaster falls in love with Dorothy McGuire, a recipient of one of the phony bills. Lancaster discovers that McGuire lives in the same building as Gwenn, and after piecing together the clues arrests the old fellow. Softened by Gwenn's naivete, Lancaster and Ms. McGuire arrange for a compassionate lawyer to lessen what would otherwise be a stiff prison sentence. Mister 880 was to have starred Walter Huston as the ingenuous counterfeiter, but Huston died just before filming started.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Anyone who takes Mr. 880 seriously will probably find it to be on shaky moral grounds, which is exactly why one should go out of one's way to not take it seriously. 880 was intended as a piece of fluff, a light and gentle little piece of whimsy, and when viewed as such, it is, simply put, a darlin' little film. Robert Riskin's screenplay floats on air, but it has a nicely solid structure underneath it that just manages to keep it sufficiently grounded. The screenplay is plain likeable, and the characters that inhabit it never fail to engage our interest. The putative leads, Burt Lancaster and Dorothy McGuire, are a fine couple to while away the time with, and it's a delight to see Lancaster in one of his few comedic roles. But the real and undisputed star of the show is Edmund Gwenn, whose performance gives new meaning to "endearing." There's so much sheer charm to the man that one can easily neglect to notice how skillful and precise his acting is. His touch is unerringly right, and that comes as much from talent as from personality. Director Edmund Goulding deserves credit as well, for knowing how to push a scene just so far and no farther, and for knowing exactly how to serve the sweet little bon bon of a comedy. 880 isn't terribly often, so viewers should make a point of catching this fine little film whenever they can.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/2013
UPC:
0024543863236
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Fox Mod
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
10,369

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster Steve Buchanan
Dorothy McGuire Ann Winslow
Edmund Gwenn Skipper Miller
Millard Mitchell Mac
Minor Watson Judge O'Neil
Howard St. John Chief
Hugh Sanders Thad Mitchell
James Millican Olie Johnson
Howland Chamberlain Duff
Larry Keating Lee
Kathleen Hughes Secretary
Geraldine Wall Miss Gallagher
Norman Field Bailiff
Helen Hatch Maggie
Robert B. Williams Sergeant
Edwin Max Mousie
Frank Wilcox Mr. Beddington
George Adrian Carlos
Rico Alaniz Spanish Interpreter
Polly Bailey Woman
Robert Boon Actor
Paul Bradley Actor
Jack Daly Court Clerk
Arthur Dulac Man
Curt Furberg German
Billy Gray Mickey
Sherry Hall Clerk in Cigar Store
Tim Hawkins Actor
John Hiestand Narrator
Mike Lally George
Eddie Lee Actor
George Lee Chinese Interpreter
Joe McTurk Gus
Patrick Miller Actor
Billy Nelson Taxi Driver
William O'Leary Junk Man
Gary Pagett Actor
Peter Roman Boy
Dick Ryan US Marshal
Minerva Urecal Rosie
Joan Valerie Cashier
Herb Vigran Barker
Bessie Wade Actor
Ray DeRavenne Actor
Bill McKenzie Jimmy
Whitey Haupt Actor
Tommie Menzies Actor
Ronnie Ralph High School Boy
Victor Desny Russian Interpreter
Melvin Williams U.S. Attorney

Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director
Julian Blaustein Producer
George W. Davis Art Director
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Robert Fritch Editor
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Clair McKelway Original Story
Lionel Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Makeup
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Fred Sersen Special Effects
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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