Home Town Story (1951)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 May 1951 (USA)
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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
John MacFarland
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Janice Hunt
Slim Haskins
Iris Martin
Barbara Brown ...
Mrs. Washburn
Melinda Plowman ...
Katie Washburn
Renny McEvoy ...
Taxi Driver
Glenn Tryon ...
Byron Foulger ...
Berny Miles
Griff Barnett ...
Uncle Cliff
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 <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Release Date:

18 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hometown Story  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Seriously flawed.
21 May 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Home Town Story" is a frustrating B-movie from MGM. It has a few excellent story ideas but manages to execute them quite poorly. Despite this, it is watchable.

Jeffrey Lynn plays Blake Washburn--an ex-senator with a serious chip on his shoulder. He's mad he lost the re-election and is bent on punishing the guy responsible. So, as the new editor of a newspaper, he's bent on attacking the MacFarland family business--because the factory owner's son beat Washburn in the election! If Washburn sounds like a petty jerk, then you are correct. In addition to using the paper for his personal vendetta, he seriously ignores his incredibly long-suffering fiancé. Therein lies much of the problem with the film--the main character is unlikable and you really want a piano to fall on his head (or some equally horrid accident). Additionally, the film has a very odd message about economics and capitalism that COULD have been excellent had the message not been hammered home so poorly. Overall, despite the MGM glitz and a few good actors (I like the Washburn kid), it's a film that needed more time to allow the plot to move realistically instead of being so rushed and contrived.

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