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Home Town Story (1951)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 18 May 1951 (USA)
After failing to be re-elected, politician Blake Washburn returns home and becomes editor of the local newspaper. When he notices the influence the paper has on the public, he uses it to appeal to potential voters in the next election.

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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Blake Washburn
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John MacFarland
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Janice Hunt
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Slim Haskins
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Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Washburn
Melinda Plowman ...
Katie Washburn
Renny McEvoy ...
Taxi Driver
Glenn Tryon ...
Kenlock
Byron Foulger ...
Berny Miles
Griff Barnett ...
Uncle Cliff
Virginia Campbell ...
Phoebe Hartman
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Andy Butterworth
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Dr. Johnson
Speck Noblitt ...
Motorcycle Officer
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Blake Washburn blames manufacturer MacFarland for his defeat in the race for re-election to the state legislature. He takes over his uncle's newspaper to take on big business as an enemy of the people. Miss Martin works in the "Herald" newspaper office. When tragedy strikes, Blake must re-examine his views. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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18 May 1951 (USA)  »

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Hometown Story  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Aside from the much commented on real life age difference - 32 years - between on-screen brother and sister, Jeffrey Lynn and Melinda Plowman, Lynn was also only seven years younger than his on-screen mother, Barbara Brown. See more »

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Iris Martin: I always treat men with respect so they do the same to me.
Slim Haskins: Let me know when that works!
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Home Town Story
16 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes I bought the DVD because of the Marilyn Monroe connection, but found a 1951 movie that was quite compelling as typical of the era: Yes, McCarthyism was raging, and the film had an "america is great" message. But that's all right. It was a good "morality story". Well written. Enjoyable (and this from a big liberal).

Allen Hale Jr. is great as the reporter and former WWII Sea-Bee. And I love the character actress who plays the Society Reporter at the newspaper. And, of course, Marjery Reynolds had a great career on early television, shortly after this film.

But the best performance - great despite the fact that it is the vehicle to please the "anti Communist" / Black-list fear of 1951, is that of Donald Crisp: an incredible actor!!


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