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Mister 880 (TCF 1950, Edmund Gwenn, Burt Lancaster)



Warm romance Mister 880 features a fine comedic performance for Edmund Gwenn as a cheerful counterfeiter who cranks out one-dollar bills mostly for the love of printing on his beloved press, nicknamed ‘Cousin Henry.’

Burt Lancaster, a Treasury agent, is assigned the case, and he tracks one of those dollar bills to Gwenn’s attractive neighbor (Dorothy McGuire), who he romances, and eventually to the counterfeiter himself, forcing a decision about whether to prosecute the kindly old man.

Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor: Edmund Gwenn.

production details
USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 90 minutes | 1950
Director: Edmund Goulding
Script: Robert Riskin,

Burt Lancaster as Steve Buchanan
Edmund Gwenn as ‘Skipper’ Miller
Dorothy McGuire as Ann Winslow
Arthur Tovey as Club Patron
Bert Stevens as Man in Corridor
Millard Mitchell as ‘Mac’ McIntire
Frank Wilcox as Mr. Beddington
James Millican as Olie Johnson
Minor Watson as Judge O’Neil
Howard St. John as Chief
Hugh Sanders as Thad Mitchell
George Adrian as Carlos (uncredited)
Rico Alaniz as Carlos – Spanish Interpreter (uncredited)
Kathleen Hughes as Secretary (uncredited)
Larry Keating as James F. Lee – Skipper’s Attorney (uncredited)
Frank O’Connor as Cigar Store Counterman