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Home Town Story (1951)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  18 May 1951 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jeffrey Lynn ...
Blake Washburn
John MacFarland
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Janice Hunt
Slim Haskins
Iris Martin
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Washburn
Melinda Plowman ...
Katie Washburn
Renny McEvoy ...
Leo, the Taxi Driver
Glenn Tryon ...
Ken Kenlock
Byron Foulger ...
Berny Miles
Griff Barnett ...
Uncle Cliff Washburn
Virginia Campbell ...
Phoebe Hartman
Harry Harvey ...
Andy Butterworth
Dr. Johnson
Speck Noblitt ...
Motorcycle Officer


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 <>

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newspaper | senator


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

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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Marilyn Monroe was often expected to provide her own wardrobe. The sweater with the grey body and black sleeves that she wears worn previously in The Fireball (1950) and in the final scene in All About Eve (1950). See more »


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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In Defense Of Capitalism
5 November 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hometown Story, a rather cheaply made film, even for a B picture and especially since it comes from MGM, is stalwart Republican Louis B. Mayer's defense of the free enterprise system. Not that he hadn't done it before, one of the most rightwing films ever made came out of his studio a decade earlier with Boom Town. But that film was a big production with some heavy duty name players in it. This one was made with frugality in mind.

Jeffrey Lynn is our star who has returned to his hometown in Hometown Story a defeated State Senator, defeated by Hugh Beaumont grandson of Donald Crisp who is the biggest employer in the area. Lynn takes over the newspaper and decides to use it to gain support for a comeback bid. And who to go after but the biggest target around.

And if you can't find an issue, create one. Lynn attacks what he labels the obscene profits of Crisp's firm and others like it. That sends Crisp into Lynn's office with a theory of capitalism and a defense of his business practices.

At first people might dismiss this film because in this day and age we now see what corporations like Enron and investment banks like Goldman-Sachs have done. But I would quote no less than Martin Sheen from Wall Street who says there is a great deal of difference between speculators like Michael Douglas and businessmen like Crisp who started the business and put their work and sweat into it.

Of course it would be interesting 60 years later to see if that Hometown Story now includes said firm moving to a foreign country or to some state with right to work laws and no environmental regulations. It's a complicated business with no easy answers.

Hometown Story would be gathering dust in a tin can at MGM's vaults if it weren't for the fact that Marilyn Monroe has a small role as a secretary at Lynn's newspaper. She's not Lynn's love interest, that's reserved for Marjorie Reynolds. But she does send Lynn's best friend and star reporter Alan Hale into a tizzy. The future skipper of the USS Minow has his hormones in overdrive.

Economics is not an easy subject for films and Hometown Story will not provide any answers. But it's pleasant enough viewing.

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