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My Pal Gus

My Pal Gus(1952)

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The working titles of this film were Big Man and Top Man. According to a May 1, 1952 Los Angeles Times article, the film was originally scheduled to be produced by Charles Brackett, and Richard Widmark replaced Gary Merrill as the star. Los Angeles Times also reported that Larry Keating had joined the cast, but he does not appear in the completed picture. Hollywood Reporter news items include Virginia Combs, Jerry Weil, Marie Sullivan, Ray Montgomery and Phil Schumaker in the cast, but their appearance in the finished film has also not been confirmed. Audrey Totter was borrowed from Columbia for the production. Portions of the film were shot on location in Beverly Hills and at the Hotel Miramar in Santa Monica, CA. Several reviews praised the film's depiction of parenting, and a Hollywood Citizen-News editorial asserted: "If even a few parents change their ways from seeing this film, the work of all those associated with the production is well worth while."