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Country Music Holiday (1958)

Approved | | Music, Romance | March 1958 (USA)
The story of a hillbilly singer's rise to fame.

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(story) (as H.B. Cross), (screenplay) (as H.B. Cross)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ferlin Husky ...
Verne Brand
...
Herself
Rocky Graziano ...
Himself
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Clyde Woods
Al Fisher ...
Himself
Lou Marks ...
Himself
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Marietta (as June Carter)
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Sonny Moon
Cliff Norton ...
Morty Chapman
Rod Brasfield ...
Pappy Brand
Hope Wainwright ...
'Ma' Brand
...
'Sis' Brand
Art Ford ...
Himself
Lew Parker ...
Himself
The Jordanaires ...
The Jordanaires
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One of those where some of the actors play a character with the same name, but no one is playing 'Self," although Zsa Zsa Gabor comes close. Verne Brand, a G. I. from Tennessee with a good singing voice, is talked into going to New York City after he and his buddies, Al Fisher and Lou Marks, are discharged from the U. S. Army. There, they talk former-bookie-turned-record-company-head "Sunny" Moon into signing Verne. Moon and his vice-president, 'Rocky" Graziano, give Verne a publicity build-up by getting his name into the newspaper gossip columns, and movie-star Zsa Zsa Gabor shows some interest in Verne. This causes Verne's home-town sweetheart, Marietta (played by June Carter long before she became June Carter Cash), to come to the big city and check the situation out. Verne, a hot-discovery, is signed to appear on Art Ford's television variety-program, as a battle for ratings between Ford and Lew Parker, on another network. Ford, of course, sweeps the Neilsen's with Verne as a ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Jumpin' Jamboree of the Homespun Fun and Music That's Sweepin' the Country!

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Music | Romance

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Wang Dang Doo!!
2 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the late 1950's, modestly made rock-n-roll movies were the rage, or at least popular and profitable. Paramount came up with the rather bright idea to make a similar film on the burgeoning country music market, which was just starting to break out of it's limited niche and cross over into popular music sales. The result is COUNTRY MUSIC HOLIDAY which spawned a lot of knockoffs over the next ten years but this film remained the only one of it's type produced by a major studio.

HOLIDAY stars country singer Ferlin Husky ("Gone") as a good old boy who becomes a popular hillbilly singer and ultimately grabs a citified audience and even the romantic interest of a international vamp (Zsa Zsa Gabor - playing herself!!) much to the distress of his longtime sweetheart June Carter.

I have to admit I haven't seen this picture in over 25 years. When I was growing up it was a mainstay of the local late show but I haven't seen it anywhere since. This film has a modest storyline but more emphasis on music, from Husky, Faron Young, The Jordainaires, and the country comedy act Lonzo and Oscar. The movie is stolen however by a completely obscure vocal group, The Ladell Sisters who rock it with a sensational rockabilly number called "Wang Dang Doo". The Ladells were amazing - sort of the Andrews Sisters meet the Davis Sisters and completely predating the 1960's "girl group" pop sound. I would watch this movie every time it aired just to catch them. Alas, they apparently made no records or at the least certainly never had any hits, there's nothing about them even on the internet.

June Carter, as I recall, did not sing at all in the film and simply played a standard leading lady part. Grand Ole Opry comedian Rod Brasfield played Husky's father, an obscure actress with no other film credits played his mother.

Several major show biz names got early starts in this film. Child actress Patty Duke is seen in a small part in one of her first roles and the title song is written by then unknown team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David!! I don't recall much about the film beyond Gabor referring to country music as "peasant music" and Husky mangling her name as Jazz-Jazz but whenever this little rarity pops on my TV schedule if ever again I will be ready with recorder set.


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