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Hollywood Barn Dance (1947)

Approved | | Musical, Western | 21 June 1947 (USA)
Based on and built around the west coast radio program, "The Hollywood Barn Dance", although no members of the 1947 cast of the program are in the film, but the better-known (on a national ... See full summary »

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Lori Talbott ...
The Texas Troubadours ...
The Texas Troubadours
Helen Boyce ...
Esmeralda 'Ezzy' Perkins
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Francis D. Cartwright
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Pa (Hiram) Tubb (as Frank McGlynn)
Phil Arnold ...
Toppit
Larry Reed ...
Pete Dixon (as Larry Reid)
Red Herron ...
Red Herron
Ann Kunde ...
Ma Tubb (as Ann Knudi)
Betty Mudge ...
Ma Perkins
Jack Guthrie ...
Jack Guthrie - Singer
Dorothy Swan ...
Dot
Lewis Swan ...
Smoky
Sam Wolfe ...
Harmonica Player
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Based on and built around the west coast radio program, "The Hollywood Barn Dance", although no members of the 1947 cast of the program are in the film, but the better-known (on a national scale) Ernest Tubb and His Texas Troubadors, Jack Guthrie and Jimmy and Leon Short more than make up for that. The slight plot, around 18 songs, begins with Tubb and his band searching for $2000 needed to rebuild their town chuch after it burned down while they were rehearsing in it. Hollywood, here they come. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A HARVEST OF HI-JINKS! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Musical | Western

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You Hit the Nail Right on the Head
Written by Ernest Tubb and Zeb Turner
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The Rise of Ernest Tubbs
6 March 2012 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a perfectly adequate movie version of Ernest Tubbs' then-popular radio show: a few country-western songs, a few cornball jokes and enough plot to cover the corners. I'm a banjo player myself (a rather bad one) and find the music a little oddly calculated; they seem to use a Hawaiian guitar when they should be using a Dobro and the songs tend to be dolorous for western swing, except for the seemingly inevitable harmonica solo.

Writer/director Bernard Ray had been a big noise in Gower Gulch, in the 1930s, writing, producing and directing but his career was winding down, even though he was only in his early fifties. He would direct only four more pictures over the next dozen years before dying in 1964. It shows in the production values: cheaply decorated sets.

The net result is about what you'd expect. If you're a fan of the music, you'll have a good time. If not, then not so much.


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