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Home in Indiana (1944)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | July 1944 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(story "The Phantom Filly" in "The Saturday Evening Post"), (screenplay)
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Charlotte Greenwood ...
Penny Bolt
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Jed Bruce
Charles Dingle ...
Godaw Boole
Lon McCallister ...
'Sparke' Thornton
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'Char' Bruce
June Haver ...
'Cri-Cri' Boole
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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 Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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horse | uncle | indiana | aunt | youth | See All (28) »

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All The Thrills Of "Kentucky"! All The Magnificence Of "Maryland"! Come Home To Your Heart in Indiana!


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July 1944 (USA)  »

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Amor Juvenil  »

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(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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This movie was based on the novel "The Phantom Filly" by George Agnew Chamberlain, and was remade in 1957 as "April Love" starring Pat Boone, Shirley Jones, Dolores Michaels and Arthur O'Connell. See more »

Quotes

J. F. 'Thunder' Bolt: Bless this food and us that eats it. Amen.
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Version of April Love (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(1943) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Partly sung a cappella by June Haver
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Warm, but not Sappy
18 December 2010 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Hard not to like this picturesque celebration of America's heartland. Sure, it's idealized, filmed as though it stepped off the pages of a glossy Town and Country magazine. And that's along with a super-engaging Crain and McCallister whose two youthful innocents seem worlds away from today. Add Brennan and Greenwood as the tough-love adults and it's a great core cast. The values are strictly family and conservative-- right down to grace before dinner-- but in a non-sanctimonious way.

Director Hathaway paces the spare plot nicely so that events never drag. McCallister's got to get surrogate dad Brennan back into the horse business. But to do that, he must win a trotter's race (an Indiana specialty), and in the process develop eyes for the de-glamorized tomboy Crain who's stuck on him. Naturally there are complications, including Haver's glamorous rich girl who proves a temporary distraction. But, surprise, surprise, things do work out in the end.

No, they sure don't make 'em like this any more, right down to the Huck Finn swimming hole and Greenwood's stern mother figure looking like she stepped off that famous American Gothic painting. Hollywood's nostalgia factory was hitting on all eight with this warm, non- sappy tale. I guess my only reservation is why they went to Kentucky to film a tribute to Indiana. Oh well, we're probably lucky they didn't cut corners and do it in the studio backlot.


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