Little Mister Jim (1947)

92 mins | Drama | April 1947

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writer:

George Bruce

Producer:

Orville O. Dull

Cinematographer:

Lester White

Editor:

Frank E. Hull

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Hubert Hobson

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Army Brat . Some contemporary reviews list the film as Little Mr. Jim . Contemporary reviews indicate that the film was set for a mid-1946 release, but, for reasons that have not been determined, it was not released until Apr 1947. A Feb 1945 HR news item noted that Joseph Harrington was set to adapt the novel for the screen, but his contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to contemporary news items in HR , some filming took place at Fort Douglas, UT, and in Chatsworth, CA. HR news items also note that ten days of retakes were shot following an unfavorable audience reaction to a preview showing of the film in mid-Feb ... More Less

The working title for this film was Army Brat . Some contemporary reviews list the film as Little Mr. Jim . Contemporary reviews indicate that the film was set for a mid-1946 release, but, for reasons that have not been determined, it was not released until Apr 1947. A Feb 1945 HR news item noted that Joseph Harrington was set to adapt the novel for the screen, but his contribution to the final film has not been determined. According to contemporary news items in HR , some filming took place at Fort Douglas, UT, and in Chatsworth, CA. HR news items also note that ten days of retakes were shot following an unfavorable audience reaction to a preview showing of the film in mid-Feb 1946. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Jun 1946.
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Daily Variety
5 Jun 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Jun 46
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 45
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Oct 45
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 45
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jan 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Feb 46
p. 3, 13
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 46
p. 7.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 Apr 46
p. 2926.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Jun 46
p. 3030.
The Exhibitor
12-Jun-46
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The Exhibitor
5 Mar 1947.
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Variety
5 Jun 46
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost supv
Assoc
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
Unit mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research dir
Asst research dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Army Brat by Tommy Wadelton (New York, 1943).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Army Brat
Release Date:
April 1947
Production Date:
8 October 1945--early January 1946
retakes mid February--early March 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 May 1946
Copyright Number:
LP318
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
92
Length(in feet):
8,308
Country:
United States
PCA No:
11378
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1938, at the United States Military Reservation at Fort Carroll, Little Jim Tukker, the seven-year-old son of Capt. Big Jim Tukker, is reported missing by Sui Jen, the Tukkers' Chinese house servant. Big Jim and others search for Little Jim and his dog Wolf, but it is Little Jim's mother Jean who finds him in the nearby wilderness and takes him home. The following day, Big Jim tells his son that he will soon have a baby brother or sister with whom to play, and Little Jim immediately tells friends the exciting news. Little Jim's friends, hoping to win the privilege of playing with the baby when it arrives, give Little Jim special consideration. When Jean goes into a difficult labor, she is taken to an off-base hospital, where Sui Jen and Big Jim anxiously await news of her condition. Little Jim, meanwhile, is taken to the home of their friends the Glensons and is shielded from the truth about his mother. When Jean dies in childbirth, Sui Jen gently prepares Little Jim for tragic news, and helps him accept the loss by telling him a Chinese myth about the disappearance of a woman. Meanwhile, Big Jim, devastated by the death of his wife, grows increasingly reclusive and begins drinking heavily. Three months pass, and some of the neighborhood women decide to help Big Jim by finding him a new wife. Gossip about the plans to remarry Big Jim eventually reach some of Little Jim's friends, who taunt him with the news. Angered, Little Jim engages Ronnie, one his pals, in a fistfight and goes home with a ... +


In 1938, at the United States Military Reservation at Fort Carroll, Little Jim Tukker, the seven-year-old son of Capt. Big Jim Tukker, is reported missing by Sui Jen, the Tukkers' Chinese house servant. Big Jim and others search for Little Jim and his dog Wolf, but it is Little Jim's mother Jean who finds him in the nearby wilderness and takes him home. The following day, Big Jim tells his son that he will soon have a baby brother or sister with whom to play, and Little Jim immediately tells friends the exciting news. Little Jim's friends, hoping to win the privilege of playing with the baby when it arrives, give Little Jim special consideration. When Jean goes into a difficult labor, she is taken to an off-base hospital, where Sui Jen and Big Jim anxiously await news of her condition. Little Jim, meanwhile, is taken to the home of their friends the Glensons and is shielded from the truth about his mother. When Jean dies in childbirth, Sui Jen gently prepares Little Jim for tragic news, and helps him accept the loss by telling him a Chinese myth about the disappearance of a woman. Meanwhile, Big Jim, devastated by the death of his wife, grows increasingly reclusive and begins drinking heavily. Three months pass, and some of the neighborhood women decide to help Big Jim by finding him a new wife. Gossip about the plans to remarry Big Jim eventually reach some of Little Jim's friends, who taunt him with the news. Angered, Little Jim engages Ronnie, one his pals, in a fistfight and goes home with a blackened eye. When Sunday school teacher Miss Martin, the wife of Col. Starwell and Miss Hall visit the Tukkers, they show their displeasure at Little Jim's lack of conventional religious schooling and decide that Sui Jen is a poor influence on the boy. Sui Jen eventually assumes some of the responsibilities of caring for Little Jim, and takes him to visit the base chaplain for a religious consultation. Although Little Jim recites in Chinese the only prayer he knows, the chaplain realizes that Sui Jen has taught Little Jim religious beliefs that are universally true, and gives Sui Jen his blessing to continue educating Little Jim. Sui Jen then gets an idea to help Big Jim by dressing Little Jim in Chinese garb, hoping that the sight of his son dressed as a Chinese boy will shock Big Jim into realizing that he has been neglecting his son. The plan works, and when Big Jim sees his son in his new clothes, he angrily demands to take over Little Jim's upbringing. Big Jim eventually quits drinking, and resumes his role as a father. A short time later, after Little Jim is enrolled in military school, the Tukkers discover that Sui Jen is a former Chinese army general, and that he has been asked to return to China to lead the army in its fight against the Japanese. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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