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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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Allegri esploratori See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Clifton Webb enjoyable as always but movie is marred by sentimentality and annoying child actor
25 September 2007 | by holdencopywritingSee all my reviews

Clifton Webb is one of my favorites. However, Mister Scoutmaster is not one of his best. His patented curmudgeon role seems forced and even unpleasant rather than funny. The film itself is overflowing with mawkish sentimentality. In addition, the viewer is presented with numerous ham-handed references to religious faith and U.S. patriotism that come off as over-reverent rather than genuine. Clifton Webb does his best with a poor script. Edmund Gwenn plays yet another jovial clergyman and is given nothing to do. The child actor lead is played by a talentless child who displays a flat affect throughout the entire film. His sole claim to fame as a performer evidently is a bullfrog-like low voice unusual for someone of his age. However, once you've heard it, you've heard it and you don't need to hear it again. Unfortunately, he is in the majority of the film's scenes. I find this child so irritating that I fast forward whenever he shows up. Since he has a lot of scenes in this film, this means that I fast forward through a lot of the film. There were and are so many talented child actors; it's a pity this film doesn't have any of them in it. Still, Clifton Webb in the traditional broad-brimmed hat and shorts is a sight worth seeing.


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