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Grand Ole Opry (1940)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  25 June 1940 (USA)
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Abner Weaver, a small-town mayor in the Ozarks, through the music of performers from 'The Grand Ole Opry," and the antics and help of his family and the local citizens, manages to pass a ... See full summary »

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Abner Weaver
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Cicero Weaver
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Elviry Weaver
Lois Ranson ...
Susie Ann Weaver
Allan Lane ...
Fred Barnes
Henry Kolker ...
William C. Scully
John Hartley ...
'Hunch' Clifton
Loretta Weaver ...
Violey Weaver
Purnell Pratt ...
Attorney General
Claire Carleton ...
Ginger Gordon
Ferris Taylor ...
Lt. Governor Edgar G. Thompson
Uncle Dave Macon ...
Uncle Dave Macon
Dorris Macon ...
Dorris Macon
Roy Acuff ...
The Smoky Mountain Boys ...
Roy Acuff's Band
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Abner Weaver, a small-town mayor in the Ozarks, through the music of performers from 'The Grand Ole Opry," and the antics and help of his family and the local citizens, manages to pass a legislative bill to help the farmers, and also wins the election for state government from a group of crooked politicians. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MORE FUN...MORE MUSIC...The Weavers set a new high for movie frolics with the gayest, singingest, laughingest of their inimitable hillbilly pictures!

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A rare glimpse of stars of country music, circa 1939.
19 January 1999 | by (Charlotte, NC) – See all my reviews

Made as an attempt to cash in on the radio success of the Grand Ole Opry on Nashville's WSM radio, this film offers a rare glimpse of one of the legends of the country music business: Uncle Dave Macon.

Uncle Dave was the first "star" of the Opry; he had become an entertainer at age 56, after retiring as owner of a mule-powered hauling company in middle Tennessee. His stage persona, that of a southern gentleman in a plug hat, tail-coat and chin whiskers, was only a slight exaggeration of his real self. He carried on a tradition of minstrel-style banjo playing, and sang songs that ranged from sentimental ballads through comedy songs, fiddle tunes and breakdowns to topical political numbers. After several years on the southern vaudeville circuit, he joined the Grand Ole Opry not long after it went on the air in 1926.

Poverty Row studio Republic Pictures executives traveled to Nashville after hearing of the popularity of the Opry, which had been picked up by the NBC Blue network after a decade on the high-powered clear-channel WSM Radio. They signed Opry founder and emcee George Hay and his newest singing star, Roy Acuff and his band, the Smokey Mountain Boys, along with Uncle Dave and his son and guitar accompanist Dorris Macon to appear in the film, which was to star Republic comedy troupe the Weaver Brothers and Elviry.

The plot was pure fluff, but the movie featured several songs by Roy and the band, along with one song, Take Me Back to My Smokey Mountain Home, by Uncle Dave and Dorris. This would be the only filmed appearance by Macon, whose recordings have remained in print up until the present day, and who is still the subject of stories and anecdotes in the country music industry.

Also appearing the the film was Allan "Rocky" Lane, who later would portray Red Ryder in B westerns, and would furnish the voice for TV's Mr. Ed.


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