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For the Love of Willadean: A Taste of Melon 

Nostalgic tale of two brothers and their new neighbor, who all fight over the attentions of the pretty girl in the farmhouse down the road; the girl's name is Willadean. Prize winning ... See full summary »

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Willadean Wills
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Harley Mason
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Nostalgic tale of two brothers and their new neighbor, who all fight over the attentions of the pretty girl in the farmhouse down the road; the girl's name is Willadean. Prize winning watermelons and a house reputed to be haunted figure in the plot line. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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Great 60's Disney movie
9 January 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those Disney movies made for broadcast on the TV show in the 60's. It's about a city boy, played by Roger Mobley, who moves to the country, and his trials in getting to know his new neighbors. Two brothers, the teen played by Michael McGreevey and the younger played by Billy Mumy, live in the house down the road, and a girl, Willadean, lives across the road. The older brother, J.D., has a crush on Willadean, and the new boy gets one too. They compete to see who can get the most of Willadean's attention. J.D. continually sets up the new boy, by telling him to do things Willadean will hate. Willadean's father, marvelously played by John Anderson, is growing the county's biggest prize watermelon, and has been sitting up nights guarding it from vandals with his shotgun. J.D. tells Michael that Willadean would love the person who could show that they had stolen the watermelon right out from under her father's nose. So Michael waits till the father falls asleep, and steals the watermelon. The 3 boys eat the melon till they're sick, and Michael begins to feel guilty. When the father discovers the melon is gone, he is sad, not upset. He was going to throw a party for the whole county when the melon had ripened completely. Michael confesses to him that he was the culprit, and hands him the seeds from the melon, so that he can grow more next year. Willadean thinks he's brave for admitting the crime, and J.D. is thwarted.

The second part of the movie has the 4 investigating an abandoned house that they hear noises in. Ed Wynn plays a bum who teaches them something about trust and friendship.

Overall, its a cute movie and might be a little too tame for today's kids, but adults will like it if only for the older Disney feel. Walt presided over the company when this was made.


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