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Banjo on My Knee (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 December 1936 (USA)
Ernie Holley runs away on his wedding night because he thinks he has killed a wedding guest. His father Newt and bride Pearl find him in New Orleans and persuade him to come home.

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Pearl Elliott Holley
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Ernie Holley
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Newt Holley
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Buddy
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Grandma
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Warfield Scott
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Chick Bean (as Anthony Martin)
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Leota Long (as Katherine De Mille)
Victor Kilian ...
Mr. Slade
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Ruby
Spencer Charters ...
Judge Tope
Hall Johnson Choir ...
Vocal Ensemble (as The Hall-Johnson Choir)
George Humbert ...
Jules
Hilda Vaughn ...
Gurtha
Cecil Weston ...
Hattie
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Ernie Holley runs away on his wedding night because he thinks he has killed a wedding guest. His father Newt and bride Pearl find him in New Orleans and persuade him to come home.

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The turbulent, exciting lives and loves of the happy Mississippi show folk - brought to the screen in a story a-throb with emotional thrills and a-glow with romance! IT'S THE PICTURE THAT'S REALLY DIFFERENT! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Mississippi-Melodie  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Two of the three original songs from the movie became top ten hits on the music charts. "Where the Lazy River Goes By" went to #7 in a recording by Teddy Wilson and His Orchestra with a vocal by Midge Williams on the Brunswick label and "There's Something in the Air" by Shep Fields and his Rippling Rhythm Orchestra, with a vocal by Bob Goday, on the Bluebird label went to #5. See more »

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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

With a Banjo on My Knee
(1936)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Performed by Buddy Ebsen and Walter Brennan
Hummed by Walter Catlett
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A charming musical-comedy

What Banjo on My Knee lacks in original story or compelling themes, it makes up for with warm, funny characters brought to life by delightful actors. Barbara Stanwyck shines as the uneducated "land girl", who marries Joel McCrea's "river boy" despite significant differences in their background and world view. Walter Brennan assays one of his best roles as McCrea's good-natured, contraption-playing father. ("When I'm low, it's music I need " he says, before launching into a song with his one-man band.) Buddy Ebsen, singing and dancing to the title tune, Walter Catlett, as a would-be lothario in hapless pursuit of Stanwyck, and Katherine DeMille, as a voluptuous harpy after McCrea, all turn in fine performances. One of the best elements in the film, however, is the music. We not only have Brennan 's rousing renditions of "Dixie" and "St. Louis Blues", but the latter tune rendered to perfection by the marvelous Hall Johnson Choir. The film doesn 't maintain the same level of charm found in its opening scenes throughout its length, but there is enough comedy and music to make Banjo on My Knee a film worth seeing.


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