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Charles Hoffman (written for the screen by)
Aristophanes (play)
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October 1955 (USA) See more »
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In 1880, Osawkie, Kansas is feuding with rival town Mandaroon over which will be county seat, keeping the town's men away from home most of the time... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeanne Crain ... Liza McClure

George Nader ... Matt Davis

Kitty Kallen ... Katy Connors

Bert Lahr ... Job McClure

Mamie Van Doren ... Birdie Snyder

Keith Andes ... Rev. Peter Maxwell
Kathleen Case ... Tilda Bean
Paul Gilbert ... Roscoe Dobbs

Tommy Rall ... Alf Connors

Edna Skinner ... Cassie Slater

Jimmy Boyd ... Newt McClure
Cousin Emmy ... Cousin Emmy (as Cynthia May Carver)
The Midwesterners ... Western Band
Ward Ellis ... Zachary Bean
Mary Marlo ... Sarah 'Ma' McClure
Sheb Wooley ... Silas - Jones City Leader

George Wallace ... Simon Clegghorn

Harry Harvey ... 'Doc' Grimshaw
Sharon Bell ... Sally McClure
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanne Arnold ... Girl in Bathtub (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Townsman (uncredited)

Gregg Barton ... Simon's Henchman (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Polly Burson ... Horseback Rider (uncredited)

Barrie Chase ... Blonde Dancer (in 'Travelin' Man') (uncredited)

John Cliff ... Mandaroon Man (uncredited)
Dorothy Crider ... Woman in Barracks (uncredited)

Diana Darrin ... Jones City Woman (uncredited)
Carol Dee ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... General Storekeeper (uncredited)

Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Posse Man (uncredited)
Lola Kendrick ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Donald Kerr ... Bartender (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Osawkie Townsman (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Townsman in Store (uncredited)
Frank Mitchell ... Drunk (uncredited)
Paula Morgan ... Mandaroon Woman (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Brawler (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Townsman (uncredited)
Skip Torgerson ... Boy (uncredited)

Henry Wills ... Townsman (uncredited)

Directed by
George Marshall 
Writing credits
Charles Hoffman (written for the screen by)

Aristophanes (play "Lysistrata")

Produced by
Albert J. Cohen .... producer
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline 
Film Editing by
Frank Gross 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Jay A. Morley Jr. 
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
E. Thomas Case .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Sound Department
Glenn E. Anderson .... sound
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Ben Hendricks .... sound editor (uncredited)
David Janssen .... looping (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten .... musician (uncredited)
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... technicolor color consultant
Lee Scott .... choreographer

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87 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:14 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Little Lysistrata on the Prairie, 3 January 2009
Author: HarlowMGM from United States

THE SECOND GREATEST SEX is a weird yet endearing comedy/musical that despite being part of a cycle of western musicals in the mid 1950's is one of a kind film. An unusual story and setting, the movie also boasts the most scatter-shot casting of the decade, truly a once-in-a-lifetime cast.

Universal rarely made musicals in the 1950's so when they got around to making this one they didn't have much talent under contract to play the supporting roles, so they hired people from all over the place: pop singer Kitty Kallen, teen novelty singer Jimmy Boyd ("I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"), ballet dancer Tommy Rall, and radio hillbilly vocalist Cousin Emmy, most of them making a very rare appearance in motion pictures. And to that vaudeville/Broadway legend Bert Lahr in one of his few film appearances since THE WIZARD OF OZ in 1939. And that's even not counting forgotten stage musical performer Paul Gilbert (future father of Melissa Gilbert) and one Mary Marlo, making her film debut at age 60 (her only other appearance was an unbilled bit the next year) as Lahr's wife. The only Universal contractees in this film are Mamie Van Doren and (an obviously dubbed) George Nader.

Jeanne Crain has the lead in this film an 1880's beauty who resents fiancée Nader's obsession with the long-standing feud between two rival counties for a bank safe full of documents (didn't make sense to me either.) The men of the three counties spend years on end stealing and recapturing the vault from each other (with nary a gunshot heard). When Nader goes traipsing after the safe now stolen yet again on their wedding night, Jeanne has had enough and leads the women of the town into a sex strike on the men until they vow to give up this "war" after hearing a school teacher's tale of Lysistrata.

Most of the songs are full cast numbers although Nader "sings" a love song to Crain. Kallen also gets a solo which is danced to by Rall. Neither Boyd nor Cousin Emmy get a song of their own despite being cast presumably because they were singers. There's quite a bit of dancing in this and one may be taken aback a bit by seeing these western numbers danced to in mostly ballet fashion by the male dancers.

The billing is almost as strange as the movie. Studio contractee Van Doren is surprisingly pushed back to seventh billing, I would say she deserved at least fifth but perhaps Gilbert and Keith Andes contracts required them to be in the top six. Kathleen Case, on the other hand, has only a line or two and is billed over several players who have major roles.

Although this movie makes good use of Universal's well-used western locales it is no closer to reality than Paramount's stylized RED GARTERS. It is however, more fun, with a cast jumping into it with gusto and good humor. Too silly to be really good, nevertheless it's entertaining and worth a look if you can find it.

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