The New Pictures, Oct. 2, 1950

Mister 880 (20th Century-Fox) adapts the authentic story—almost too good to be true—of the most elusive man the U.S. Secret Service ever tried to catch: a lovable old counterfeiter who struck off amateurish one-dollar bills. St. Clair McKelway told the story in three New Yorker articles last year. Scripter Robert (It Happened One Night) Riskin retells it with just enough respect for the flavorsome facts and just the right knack of working them into warm, humorous fiction.

As in real life, the counterfeiter (Edmund Gwenn) confounds and frustrates the Treasury Department for ten years....

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