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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
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John MacFarland
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Janice Hunt
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Slim Haskins
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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
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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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This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material. See more »

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Slim Haskins: What got you started on stream pollution?
Blake Washburn: It's a problem all over the country. The companies dump their wastes and ashes into fresh water... something that should be controlled.
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2 February 2009 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

Strange little film, this...

I can almost imagine how they planned it (à la the conference in The Majestic): "For more emotional appeal, we need a kiddie and a doggie"... "Show how the bad guy becomes bad, then repents, in the face of high drama"... "The good guy must be introduced subtly, but then showing that all good comes from him and his company... a corporate doctor, a private plane that he pilots himself... Up to the life-saving motor (?) in the emergency room"... "And state (proof not needed) that his company treats poison waste well, and would never dump it into a river"... "To make the message sink better, let that gorgeous Miss Monroe say she wouldn't date the journalist, but marry the boss of a four-truck company"...

What probably wasn't planned is that when the taxi drives through the vast "MacFarland" plant, the main building is labeled General Motors.

Still, I found this film quite interesting, as a historic exhibit. I really enjoyed the bulldozer scenes.

On another hand, the message that company profits let the customer profit sounds a little faint in these days of Lehman Bros., Madoff, and what else is in the news :^)


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