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
Helen Westley ...
Grandma
Walter Catlett ...
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
Minna Gombell ...
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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11 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Walter Brennan was just 13 years older than Buddy Ebsen. See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played by Walter Brennan as part of a medley at the Cafe Creole
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31 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... one of the most bizarre movie musicals ever made. As someone else mentioned, this film makes more sense if you think about when it was made - 1936 - and what it represents - the marriage of Darryl F. Zanuck's 20th Century Pictures that was aiming to make a name for itself in musicals and with well-known stars, and failing Fox Films, which had specialized in films for and about rural folk from its inception until its bankruptcy in 1935. This film was made the year after their merger and so the aims of both companies show through. What results is a rustic semi-musical about rural Southern folk starring two stars (Stanwyck and McCrea) who do their best but really don't belong here. Buddy Ebsen and Walter Brennan seem much more at home here with charming performances you'll expect given their roles in other films.

What's a shame is that Barbara Stanwyck really isn't given more to do here. What's also a shame is that Joel McCrea, an actor who is a favorite of mine, is relegated to the part of the mindless muscle. He thinks with his fists, takes actions that make no sense when those fists have consequences, is kind and even obliging to people that are obviously trying to use him, and thoughtless to those who love him.

I really liked the musical performances and I thought the tunes were quite catchy and memorable. It's just a shame more effort wasn't put into making a story that played to Stanwyck and McCrea's strengths.


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