Mister Big (1943)

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Mister Big (1943)

At the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, where teen-age kids study drama and the serious arts, instructors Johnny Hanley and Alice Taswell are in love. The students, including Donald, Patricia and Peggy, secretly want to become singers. Patricia's aunt, Mrs. Davis, owns the school and disapproves. Donald has written a musical comedy for the year's class play, which the students want to do; but Mrs. Davis has selected and insists they do Sophocles' "Antigone." Taswell agrees to let the kids do Donald's show. Donald manages to keep Mrs. Davis away on the day of the show, and when Broadway producers in attendance rave about Donald's play, she becomes a backer.
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Creators
Director Charles Lamont
Writer Dorothy Bennett
Writer Jack Pollexfen
Writer Virginia Rooks
Information
Release Date1943-05-27
Runtime1h 4min
GenreComedy, Music, Romance
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
Awards
CompanyUniversal Pictures
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Donald J. O'Connor, Esq.as Donald J. O'Connor, Esq.
Patriciaas Patricia
Peggyas Peggy
Robert Paige
Robert Paige
Johnny Hanleyas Johnny Hanley
Alice Taswellas Alice Taswell
Samuel S. Hinds
Samuel S. Hinds
Jeremy Taswellas Jeremy Taswell
Robert Scheerer
Robert Scheerer
Bobbyas Bobby
Richard Stewart
Richard Stewart
Geniusas Genius
Muggsyas Muggsy
Mrs. Mary Davisas Mrs. Mary Davis
Ray Eberle
Ray Eberle
Ray Eberleas Ray Eberle
Eddie Miller
Eddie Miller
Leader, Eddie Miller's Bob Catsas Leader, Eddie Miller's Bob Cats
Ben Carter
Ben Carter
Ben Carter - Choir Leaderas Ben Carter - Choir Leader
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills
Dancing Ensembleas Dancing Ensemble
Ben Carter Choir
Ben Carter Choir
Vocal Ensembleas Vocal Ensemble
Irving Bacon
Irving Bacon
Jimmy, Malt Shop Proprietoras Jimmy, Malt Shop Proprietor
William Ruhl
William Ruhl
Produceras Producer
Alan Ward
Alan Ward
Produceras Producer

Mister Big (1943 film)

Mister Big is a 1943 musical directed by Charles Lamont, starring Donald O'Connor, Gloria Jean and Peggy Ryan. The film features the song "Rude, Crude, and Unattractive".

This was the final of seven, successive B movie musicals that Universal Pictures cast with Donald O’Connor after he signed in 1941. When his popularity soared prior to release, the studio added $50,000 in musical numbers and distributed it as an A. His subsequent films were all A's.


Plot

In a school for the dramatic arts called the Davis School of the Theatre, run by Jeremy Taswell, Donald (Donald O'Connor) has written a musical comedy for the school play. But the owner of the school, Mrs. Davis (Florence Bates) (whose niece, played by Gloria Jean, secretly has a crush on Donald), disapproves and insists that they do a play by Sophocles instead. The students manage to change the play into a musical while Mrs. Davis is traveling to New York. Their triumph is short lived, however, for Mrs. Davis comes back from New York on opening night. At first she becomes quite angry at the students, but changes her tune when a Broadway producer agrees to finance the show and produce it in New York.


Cast

  • Gloria Jean- Patricia
  • Donald O'Connor- Donald
  • Peggy Ryan- Peggy
  • Robert Paige- Johnny Hanley
  • Elyse Knox- Alice Taswell
  • Samuel S. Hinds- Jeremy Taswell
  • Florence Bates- Mrs. Mary Davis
  • Mary Eleanor Donahue- Muggsy

Production

The film was known as School for Jive. This was changed to Mister Big in April 1943. Donald O'Connor was promoted to star billing for the film following the positive reception he had received at previews.


Songs

  • Serenade (Joy) performed by Gloria Jean
  • Soliloquy performed by Donald O'Connor and chorus
  • This Must Be a Dream performed by Ray Eberle
  • Niagara performed by the Jivin' Jacks and Jills, featuring Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan
  • Moonlight and Roses performed by Gloria Jean
  • All the Things I Wanta Say performed by Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan
  • Kitten with My Mittens Laced performed by the Jivin' Jacks and Jills
  • Rude, Crude, and Unattractive performed by Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, and the Jivin' Jacks and Jills
  • We're Not Obvious performed by Donald O'Connor and Gloria Jean
  • Thee and Me performed by Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, and Gloria Jean
  • Come Along, My Mandy performed by Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan, sung by the Ben Carter Choir
  • We'll Meet Again performed by the Ben Carter Choir
  • Egyptian Boogie performed by the Jivin' Jacks and Jills
  • Hi, Character performed by Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan
  • The Spirit Is in Me sung by Gloria Jean, performed by the Jivin' Jacks and Jills, featuring Peggy Ryan