MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 948 this week

Lay That Rifle Down (1955)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  7 July 1955 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 34 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Guardians of the Galaxy

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director James Gunn and actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel about their movie Guardians of the Galaxy.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 2116 titles
created 23 Apr 2013
 
a list of 100 titles
created 9 months ago
 
a list of 50 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 50 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 50 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Lay That Rifle Down (1955)

Lay That Rifle Down (1955) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Lay That Rifle Down.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

William Shatner plays two roles: cowboy Johnny Moon and his ruthless Indian twin brother, Notah. Notah likes peyote and gets the crazy idea that he's the Comanche messiah sent to lead the ... See full summary »

Director: José Briz Méndez
Stars: Joseph Cotten, William Shatner, Rosanna Yanni
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When a cute Welsh terrier follows Bill Denny home, little does he know that all gangland has its eye on that dog. Who will be bumbling Bill's undoing - the gangsters, the cops, or his suspicious mother-in-law?

Director: George Beck
Stars: Farley Granger, Shelley Winters, William Demarest
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In pre-Revolutionary America, the efforts of a Colonial officer trying to broker a peace deal between Indian chief Pontiac and British and American settlers are threatened by the commander ... See full summary »

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lex Barker, Helen Westcott, Lon Chaney Jr.
Comedy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Abbott & Costello search for diamonds in Africa, along the way meeting a visually-impaired gunner, a hungry lion, and a tribe of cannibals...

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Clyde Beatty
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A woman writes a best-selling book for women warning them about the "dangers" of men. A handsome photographer for a national magazine arrives in her town to do a feature story on her. Complications ensue.

Director: Frank Ross
Stars: Joan Caulfield, David Niven, James Robertson Justice
The Capture (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A badly injured fugitive explains to a priest how he came to be in his present predicament.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Lew Ayres, Teresa Wright, Victor Jory
Road to Bali (1952)
Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Having to leave Melbourne in a hurry to avoid various marriage proposals, two song-and-dance men sign on for work as divers. This takes them to an idyllic island on the way to Bali where ... See full summary »

Director: Hal Walker
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour
Lilli Marlene (1951)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A French girl singer is captured by the Nazis, and made to broadcast for them.

Director: Arthur Crabtree
Stars: Lisa Daniely, Hugh McDermott, Richard Murdoch
Borderline (1950)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two undercover agents infiltrate a drug-smuggling ring in Mexico, but neither is aware of the other's identity.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Claire Trevor, Raymond Burr
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A romantic triangle leads to complications on an archaeological expedition in Southern Mexico.

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Stars: William Lundigan, Peggie Castle, Armando Silvestre
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Anthony Bushell
Stars: Eileen Herlie, Basil Sydney, Norman Wooland
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Judy Canova ...
Judy Canova
Robert Lowery ...
Nick Stokes, aka Poindexter March, III
Jil Jarmyn ...
Betty Greeb
Jacqueline deWit ...
Aunt Sarah Greeb
...
Glover Speckleton
Robert Burton ...
General Ballard
James Bell ...
Mr. Fetcher
Leon Tyler ...
Horace Speckleton
Tweeny Canova ...
Tweeny Greeb
Edit

Storyline

Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

swindler | hotel | sheriff | swindle | heiress | See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 July 1955 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

I'm Glad I Was Born on My Birthday
Written by Jack Elliott and Donald Kahn
Sung by Judy Canova
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent Collection Of Players Makes For A Satisfying Light Comedy.
29 November 2006 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

A winning mixture of slapstick with sentiment, this black and white Republic Pictures vehicle for talented bumpkin Judy Canova profits from the well-liked comedienne's vaudeville background, thereby evading sugary components that should have lessened the appeal of a work that additionally includes a very experienced cast and crew under the able direction of veteran Charles Lamont. Canova, playing as herself, is employed as charwoman and general maintenance worker at her aunt's hotel in "Greebville", striving to earn enough money to cover mortgage payments for her run-down "ranch" where she lives along with three orphaned youngsters and, as a means of forestalling boredom, Judy is also subscribing to a mail order course with the Continental Correspondence School, hoping therewith to find true love. After fibbing to her aunt and cousin that she has already found a beau, the fanciful "Poindexter March" who is coming while on military leave to visit her by bus, Judy is driven to the town's bus station where she desperately accosts a single man (Robert Lowery) and persuades him to pose as her swain, presenting a golden opportunity for him, because he is a confidence man, and her abrupt attachment to him enables "Poindexter" to shift into high gear with his crime partner for a swindle of the locals, eventually drawing out the greedy worst from Judy's relatives along with the small town's banker. The film, shot in the San Fernando Valley, is paced nicely, having nary a dull moment, and editing by Arthur Roberts is accomplished in crisp fashion. Considered a musical comedy, the work showcases Canova performing three numbers, including her well-known rendition of "Sleepy Serenade" and a newly composed novelty item, "I'm Awful Glad I Was Born On My Birthday", all lip synched here. The film's characters are more provincial than hayseed, and a well-written screenplay supplies interest within a viewer for each. Sprightly Canova is always enjoyable to watch in action, and she is ably backed here by a talented supporting cast of largely seasoned actors, Richard Deacon gaining performing honours for his astringently humorous turn as an avaricious bank official attempting to foreclose upon Judy's ranch for his personal financial benefit, while even the three children cared for by Canova play smoothly, closely coached by director Lamont.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Lay That Rifle Down (1955) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?