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Louisiana Hayride (1944)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 July 1944 (USA)
Two con men dupe a country bumpkin into giving them all of her money under the pretense that they'll make her a movie star. She and her family eventually track them in Hollywood, still ... See full summary »

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Two con men dupe a country bumpkin into giving them all of her money under the pretense that they'll make her a movie star. She and her family eventually track them in Hollywood, still unaware they're being taken. The crooked pair enlist the help of a bellboy posing as a director and arrange for a fake screen test for the girl. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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JUDYS MAKING HEY! HEY! WHILE THE FUN SHINES! (all caps) See more »

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Roceira Granfina  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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I'm a Woman of the World
Music by Saul Chaplin
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Performed by Judy Canova
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Louisiana Hayseed
26 May 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Naming the film after the well-known tune and yet neglecting to include it in the movie is one of several missteps perpetrated in this weak entry in the corn fed Judy Canova oeuvre. In this precursor to any number of episodes from "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Gomer Pyle," "Petticoat Junction," or "Green Acres," Judy Canova plays an oil rich hillbilly targeted by a couple of big-city grifters who convince her that they are a pair Hollywood producers eager to make her into a star. Thinking she is investing in her own career, the trusting bumpkin willingly finances the entire endeavor out of her millions and high-tails it to La-La Land with family in tow.

What follows next stumbles down a familiar path that is as predictable as it is unfunny. The only surprise evident is in discovering how many opportunities are lost for comic Hollywood satire and fish-out-of-water mix-ups. Still, Canova is, as ever, a charming and energetic performer who is always better than her material. Though there are few laughs to be had, Canova does get to sing (rather nicely) several undistinguished original songs along with a few recognizable standards.

Canova is seen to better advantage in many other films (my favorite, 1941's "Sis Hopkins") and her stock hillbilly character seems to have been the inspiration for Carol Burnett's "Ozark Annie" from the TV series "Get Smart." Folks who think Judy Canova was perhaps a one-trick pony should seek out the "Party Line" episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" where she shines in an unsympathetic dramatic role.


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