is a 1950 American comedy film
about an amateurish counterfeiter
who counterfeits only one dollar bills
, and manages to elude the Secret Service
for 10 years. It was directed by Edmund Goulding
, and stars Burt Lancaster
, Dorothy McGuire
, Edmund Gwenn
, and Millard Mitchell
. The film is based on the true story of Emerich Juettner
, known by the alias Edward Mueller, an elderly man who counterfeited just enough money to survive, was careful where and when he spent his fake dollar bills, and was therefore able to elude authorities for ten years, despite the poor quality of his fakes, and despite growing interest in his case.
In real life, Juettner was caught and arrested in 1948, and served four months in prison.Juettner
made more money from the release of Mister 880
than he had made in his entire counterfeiting career.