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Country Boy (1966)

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Singer Link Byrd, Jr. wants to join the Grand Ole Opry, and hooks up with a slippery-slick agent named "Fats" Jackson. Jackson makes him a star but ruins his reputation along the way.

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Link Byrd Jr.
Sheb Wooley ...
Sheb Wooley
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Mr. Byrd (as Paul 'Wishbone' Brinegar)
Paul Crabtree ...
Fats Jackson
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Miss Wynn
James Dobson ...
George Washington Byrd
Sondra Rodgers ...
Mrs. Byrd
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Claude Springer
Maurice Dembsky ...
Dave Rupp
Chuck Doughty ...
Thomas Jefferson Byrd
Ed Livingston ...
John Adams Byrd
Pauletta Leeman ...
Lucinda May
Bob Stewart ...
Ernie
Ivan Purser ...
R.N. Pelot ...
Mr. Potts
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Singer Link Byrd, Jr. wants to join the Grand Ole Opry, and hooks up with a slippery-slick agent named "Fats" Jackson. Jackson makes him a star but ruins his reputation along the way.

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The Cinderella Story of a country boy who was made into a Superstar (original poster) See more »

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Words and Music by Paul Crabtree
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Typical of it's genre......
4 October 2006 | by (Upstate NY) – See all my reviews

There seemed to be a lot of "country jukebox" movies that were being pumped out in the mid 60's. "Road To Nashville" is perhaps one of the most well known, only because it has actually made it to DVD (albeit in a horrible transfer which looks like (and sounds like) it originated from a 16MM TV print.) Anyway, "Country Boy" (or as it was retitled "Here Comes That Nashville Sound") is one of the better looking films of the genre. I managed to screen it straight from a 35MM print which was in both Cinemascope and beautiful full Technicolor, and it was honestly not that bad of a film. If you're expecting to see the "Citizen Kane" of country jukebox movies, look elsewhere, but this is a good way to kill an hour and a half. (That is, if you have access to a print and a projector, since this is unavailable on VHS or DVD).

The plot-in-a-nutshell: Country Star Sheb Wooley "discovers" this young singer while passing through town. Long story short, a stereotypical "bad manager" tries to gimmick up the kids talents to horrible results. The whole story is textbook 101 movie writin', but it could have been worse.

In the cinematography department, this movie really looks good. When you watch "Road To Nashville", you can see that it looks like it was shot in some Nashville Warehouse on the outskirts of town. Not here. "Country Boy" looks like they actually put some effort into making a good looking movie. The colors are nice and vivid.

The list of stars isn't as high a caliber as "Road To Nashville", but it's OK--the best of them all being Skeeter Davis performing a tune which never appeared on any of her LP's. Watch for appearances from The Glaser Bros. (as in TomPall & TGB), and the already mentioned Sheb Wooley, among others.

Perhaps one day, you may get to see it!


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