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
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Did You Know?
According to a 1968 interview with Robert B. Sherman
, the film was originally intended to be 156 minutes, but the studio cut the film to 110 minutes after Radio City Music Hall requested it. The cuts consisted of two songs and a good deal of character motivation. The same fate befell two of the Sherman Brothers' other Disney live-action musicals, The Happiest Millionaire
(1967) and Bedknobs and Broomsticks
(1971). Sherman said he felt the studio "acted like horses' asses" over the running time. See more
In the movie, it is said that North and South Dakota would be Republican and Washington and Montana Democrat. In reality, all four were Republican. Also, Cleveland did not sign them in. They became states in November of 1889, well after Benjamin Harrison became president. See more
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
Ten Feet Off the Ground
Performed by the Bower Family
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman
and Robert B. Sherman See more