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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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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 Family That Plays Together, Stays Together See more »


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25 April 1969 (Japan)  »

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Trivia

Bing Crosby was offered the Walter Brennan role, but Disney balked at his insistence on a percentage of the box office receipts. 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

Ten Feet Off the Ground
Performed by the Bower Family
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Electoral College
1 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie as a kid, when it premiered. In fact, I saw it every Saturday while it ran. This is where I first learned of the Electoral College. However, the movie has been chopped up since then. A lot of good musical numbers are missing. I can't find the original length version anywhere, and that's a shame because a lot of people are missing a considerable portion of the movie.

I wonder if Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn even noticed each other on the set? Leslie Ann Warren and Goldie Hawn were fresh, and at their best! Too bad Walt had to go. Michael Eisner will never come close to the magic of those classic Disney days.


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