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Freckles Comes Home (1942)

Passed  -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  2 January 1942 (USA)
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Freckles (Johnny Downs) comes home from college...and the sheriff accuses him of murder, gangsters put him on the spot, and his girl friend, Jane (Gale Storm), falls in love with a confidence man.

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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Downs ...
'Freckles' Winslow
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Jane Potter
Mantan Moreland ...
Jeff - the Hotel Porter
Irving Bacon ...
Constable Caleb Weaver
Bradley Page ...
Nate Quigley
Marvin Stephens ...
Danny Doyle
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Mrs. Minerva Potter
Walter Sande ...
'Muggsy' Dolan, AKA Jack Leach
Max Hoffman Jr. ...
Hymie
John Ince ...
Hiram Potter
Laurence Criner ...
Roxbury B. Brown, III
Irving Mitchell ...
Mr. Winslow
Gene O'Donnell ...
Monk
Si Jenks ...
Lem Perkins
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College student "Freckles" Winslow come home to Indiana to help a friend, Danny Doyle, who runs his uncle's hotel and took a mortgage on it in order to invest in a 'gold-finding-machine,' with his friend Jeff, the hotel porter. On the bus-trip home, "Freckles" meets a Chicago gangster, "Muggsy Dolan", posing as Jack Leach, on the lam from a bank-robbery, who decides a quiet Indian town would be the best place to hole up. "Freckles" also finds that his father has financial problems but, because of a long-standing feud between him and the town banker, Hiram Potter, is too proud and stubborn to ask Potter for help. "Freckles" decides that a major highway built through Fairfield would solve everybody's problems. Jack Leach, boarding at the hotel and casing the local bank, tells "Freckles" he has a friend that is a big financier, Nate Quigley, and just the man to put the deal over. Quigley, with Oil-Can Harry written all over him, shows up and calls for a town meeting, with the intention ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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There's No Place Like Home (?)...especially when gangsters put you on the spot, the sheriff accuses you of murder, and the girl friend falls in love with a confidence man. Everything happens to Freckles when he comes home from college! (original poster)


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Jeff: That was my Grandpappy, he worked in a circus.
Roxbury B. Brown, III: You don't say. What'd he do?
Jeff: Oh he dove off a 200 foot platform into a damp rag.
Roxbury B. Brown, III: That's pretty good. How often did he do that?
Jeff: Oh just once. The rag wasn't damp enough.
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Sloppy Script
20 May 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Plot— a gangster escapes to a small mid-western town where he hopes to hole up. However, he soon gets involved with small town politics and feuding folks who want to invest in an access road.

I tuned in hoping to get some Gale Storm sparkle. Instead, she gets to just stand around and look pretty. I agree with the reviewer who thinks there's too much plot for the slender time frame. Then too, the extended comedy skits with Moreland and Criner don't blend in with the storyline; instead they interrupt it. Then again, maybe it's the other way around. Anyway, the storyline is mainly a mess. It doesn't help that director Yarbrough films in flat pedestrian style, the only bounce coming from Moreland. And get a load of the final scene. That may be the most seriously misjudged final scene of the entire decade. As another reviewer points out, it's more disturbing than funny. All in all, the movie's a mediocre showcase for the highly talented Moreland. Other than that, the 60-minutes is a near total loss.


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