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A lad with a penchant for trouble is sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Indiana. Though he's not happy about the arrangement at first, his love of horses and his affection for a young filly that he plans to race make life bearable. He also finds romance with tomboyish Char who shares his love for horses. Written by
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Your reaction to HOME IN INDIANA will depend entirely on whether you are a horse racing fan or at least a fan of films about horse racing. Since I am neither, I found this movie pretty dull going except for the acting and human interaction.
Walter Brennan and Charlotte Greenwood are very good in the early part of the film and are convincing as the tough, unsentimental guardians of Sparke, played by Lon McAllister. Jeanne Crain is fresh and likable and was clearly a face, body and personality to watch, though she looked much prettier and sexier a year later in STATE FAIR. June Haver presents us with her doll-like perfection and seems as bright, chilly and inhuman as ever (she later became Mrs. Fred MacMurray after a stay in a convent).
The real find here was Lon McAllister. Poised and completely charming, he had an easy way with dialogue, an expressive face and an ingratiating smile. This should have been the beginning of big things for him, but it wasn't. Too bad the perky, Mickey Rooney boy-next-door types were going out of fashion (Rooney himself never regained the stardom he enjoyed before he went into the military during WWII.) McAllister ought to have succeeded in television, but perhaps he tired of show business. Wonder what happened to him after this?
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