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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Grandpa Bower
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Calvin Bower
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Alice Bower
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Joe Carder
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Katie Bower
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Sidney Bower
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Mayo Bower
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Quinn Bower
Smith Wordes ...
Nettie Bower (as Smitty Wordes)
Heidi Rook ...
Rose Bower
Debbie Smith ...
Lulu Bower
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Laura Bower
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Mr. Wampler
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Charlie Wrenn
Steve Harmon ...
Ernie Stubbins
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The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties). Written by Manus Hand <manus@starship.skyport.net>

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The brassiest, sassiest, lovingest, laughingest star-spangled hullabaloo! See more »


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25 April 1969 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

Goldie Hawn's "Giggly Girl" was a crossover character she successfully portrayed when she went on to appear in Laugh-In (1967). See more »

Goofs

This movie features many quality songs with big band jazz as the music, however big band jazz did not exist until the late 1930's - early 1940's. Jazz itself did not appear on the scene until the 1900's, and this movie is set in 1888. See more »

Crazy Credits

This film had its credits at the end. Although this is commonplace today, it was unheard of in most 1960s films, especially the ones produced by Disney until the early 1980s. See more »


Soundtracks

'Bout Time
Performed by John Davidson and Lesley Ann Warren
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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'Bout Time This Rarely Seen Disney Film Is Seen!
20 June 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm a huge classic Disney fan, so when I saw this decided to rent it. Honestly, I didn't have high hopes for high score on it because of it being a musical and I'm not a Lesley Ann Warren fan -- I figured it would be a bit cheesy, However, this was a truly delightful movie...what tames down the "cheese" are Walter Brennan and Buddy Ebsen.. there's the right balance of music, romance, patriotism, and fun to make it quite good! The Mom figure (Janet Blair) isn't too coddling, there's not too much "children" stuff -- again, Walter Brennan in my opinion MADE this film! What a classy guy! Also, I appreciate that they used a background of an election on two less well known presidential candidates and mix in the history perfectly. Watch for a very young Goldie Hawn who met Kurt Russell for the first time on this film! :) Also not well known is that Walt Disney passed away before production finished and so the cast is working daily with that loss! Thumbs up, Disney for another phenomenal family film -- less well known, but utterly delightful. 'Bout time' this movie gets some recognition!


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