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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
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
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 and Kurt Russell, companions since 1983, both appeared in this 1968 film. They weren't any sparks yet during the filming of this movie. Goldie was 23 and Kurt was only 17. 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 it's credits at the end. Although this is common place, it was unheard of in most 1960s films, especially the ones produced by Disney See more »


Soundtracks

Let's Put It Over With Grover
Performed by the Bower Family
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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loved it!
27 May 2003 | by (hollister, Missouri) – See all my reviews

I happened not to be able to sleep one night a few years ago so I flipped on the t.v. There was a movie beginning so I decided to watch it since it's star was Buddy Ebsen, one of my favorites. I thoroughly enjoyed it with the oh so young John Davidson, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell. A couple of years I was talking with the woman who had become the best friend I ever had. We were talking about old movies which we both loved. I mentioned Family Band and told her that I could never remember the full title and asked if she had ever seen it. A sly smile came over her still beautiful face. Her Name was Debbie Smith, or better known to FAMILY BAND fans as Lulu Bower. It is with great sadness and a full heart that I would like the fans to know that Debbie passed away on May 22,2003 at the age of 49 from a long time bout with heart problems. I write this for the fans of the movie and of beautiful little Lulu. I hope the owners of this site allow this to remain on line for a while. Debbie sang and had a beautiful voice. That voice is now stilled. I hope that we may be allowed to keep Debbie with us a while longer. The world of music has lost a lot. So have I and anyone who was lucky enough to know Debbie.


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