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Driftwood (1947)

 -  Drama  -  15 September 1947 (USA)
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Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for ... See full summary »

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Murph
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Dr. Steve Webster
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Mathilda
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Jenny Hollingsworth
Jerome Cowan ...
Mayor Snyder
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Rev. J. 'Grandpappy' Hollingsworth
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Essie Keenan
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Judge Beckett
Francis Ford ...
Abner Green
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Dr. Nicholas Adams
Howland Chamberlain ...
Hiram Trumbell
James Bell ...
Sheriff Bolton
Teddy Infuhr ...
Lester Snyder
James Kirkwood ...
Rev. MacDougal
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Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for spotted fever vaccine. Dr. Steven Webster meets both Jenny and the dog and "adopts" them both. His fiancée Susan isn't too fond of either the girl or the dog. Webster wants to get a hospital for the town but he is suppressed by the town mayor. In the arguments that follow, Webster's lab is wrecked and ticks infected with spotted fever escape. The town is in a panic and all want to be vaccinated. Jenny is infected and is about to die. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Rev. MacDougal: If a thing can be done, science and skill can do it. If a thing cannot be done, only faith can do it.
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It has the germ of a good plot, but the film really needed a re-write.
3 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In general, "Driftwood" is an agreeable family film. However, at times, the dialog is really quite stupid and could have improved from a re-write.

The film begins in a virtual ghost town that is occupied by an insane old preacher who spends all his time preaching to his granddaughter (Natalie Wood). Soon, the old guy dies and the kid wanders into to desert where she witnesses a plan crash and adopts a dog that survived the crash. Soon, a nice doctor (Dean Jagger) finds this VERY precocious kid and brings her home. But, things don't go very smoothly (just see the film and you'll know what I mean) and it all culminates with an outbreak of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

My biggest problem was the bizarre dialog spoken by Natalie Wood. She talks like an adult religion professor--which just seems gimmicky and weird--and VERY heavy-handed. It also didn't help that he script was, at times, very saccharine. It's a shame, as the film had many good moments as well as good performances by Jagger and Walter Brennan. Not terrible but rather flawed. And, I should mention that the film features Wood saying 'Beelzebub' (an Old Testament word for Satan) about 9000 times. Again, no child talks like that!

By the way, early in the film you'll see a delivery boy. Look closely, it's Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer of the Our Gang fame.


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