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Granny Get Your Gun (1940)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  10 February 1940 (USA)
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Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, ... See full summary »

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Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, Philip, who has two gambling checks Julie has given a gambling casino. Minerva, trying to buy them back, comes across Philip's murdered body. Believing Julie guilty, she substitutes her fingerprints and pleads guilty. When she learns that Julie is innocent of the killing, she does an about face, appearing in court as a sweet old lady instead of her usual rugged desert outfits, to play on the jury's sympathy. Freed, she still must find the killer to clear Julie, to whom the evidence points. After a little detectice work, she is convinced of the identity of the killer. She has herself sworn in as a temporary sheriff, jumps into her Model-T Ford and uses her marksmanship to nab the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Publicity claimed May Robson did not use a double for the car chase. See more »

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During the trial, the judge fills a plain, clear glass two-thirds full of water and starts to hand it to Minerva. But in the next shot, the glass is only one-third full and has a criss-cross pattern upon it. See more »

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May Robson Rides The Range
27 January 2001 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A rowdy, straight-shooting old lady turns amateur sleuth to discover the murderer of her granddaughter's ex-husband. There's bound to be plenty of gunplay when both ladies become prime suspects.

Every bit as rambunctious as its elderly heroine, GRANNY GET YOUR GUN is a very pleasant bit of film fluff - light and easygoing. It's a shame the film is hard to find & seldom seen, as it gives a rare chance for senior citizen stars to shine for a blessed change.

The movie is a showcase for the talents of 82-year old veteran character actress May Robson. The old darling is nothing less than delightful. Born Mary Robinson in 1858 in Melbourne, Australia, Robson had began appearing in movies in 1915. By the time of GRANNY, Robson had given solid support in some of Hollywood's finest films from its Golden Age (LADY FOR A DAY, A STAR IS BORN, BRINGING UP BABY, etc.). Playing grumpy or gracious equally well, Robson never failed to entertain.

Here, she pushes her five feet, two inches into one amusing situation after another, whether prospecting for gold with mule & chauffeur-driven limousine, or stealing a jalopy to dash after a dangerous killer. The scene where she disguises herself as a gentle, soft-spoken, sweet-tempered old lady, so as to beat a murder rap, is hilarious. Miss May Robson would appear in four more films after GRANNY. She died in 1942.

Old-timers Harry Davenport (as Robson's lawyer beau), Clem Bevans (as an old codger who loves reading true mystery magazines) and Vera Lewis (as Robson's elderly companion) all add to the fun of the proceedings.

Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason, contributed the original novel, The Case of the Dangerous Dowager, upon which this film was based.


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