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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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