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Banjo on My Knee (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 December 1936 (USA)
Believing he has killed a guest, a groom flees on his wedding night.


John Cromwell


Harry Hamilton (novel), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Pearl Elliott Holley
Joel McCrea ... Ernie Holley
Walter Brennan ... Newt Holley
Buddy Ebsen ... Buddy
Helen Westley ... Grandma
Walter Catlett ... Warfield Scott
Tony Martin ... Chick Bean (as Anthony Martin)
Katherine DeMille ... Leota Long (as Katherine De Mille)
Victor Kilian ... Mr. Slade
Minna Gombell ... Ruby
Spencer Charters ... Judge Tope
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Vocal Ensemble (as The Hall-Johnson Choir)
George Humbert George Humbert ... Jules
Hilda Vaughn ... Gurtha
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Hattie


Believing he has killed a guest, a groom flees on his wedding night.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi-Melodie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Brennan was just 13 years older than Buddy Ebsen. See more »


Pearl Elliott Holley: Shuck or be shucked
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I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Played by Walter Brennan at the Cafe Creole
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A charming musical-comedy
16 August 1998 | by chris-48See all my reviews

What Banjo on My Knee lacks in original story or compelling themes, it makes up for with warm, funny characters brought to life by delightful actors. Barbara Stanwyck shines as the uneducated "land girl", who marries Joel McCrea's "river boy" despite significant differences in their background and world view. Walter Brennan assays one of his best roles as McCrea's good-natured, contraption-playing father. ("When I'm low, it's music I need " he says, before launching into a song with his one-man band.) Buddy Ebsen, singing and dancing to the title tune, Walter Catlett, as a would-be lothario in hapless pursuit of Stanwyck, and Katherine DeMille, as a voluptuous harpy after McCrea, all turn in fine performances. One of the best elements in the film, however, is the music. We not only have Brennan 's rousing renditions of "Dixie" and "St. Louis Blues", but the latter tune rendered to perfection by the marvelous Hall Johnson Choir. The film doesn 't maintain the same level of charm found in its opening scenes throughout its length, but there is enough comedy and music to make Banjo on My Knee a film worth seeing.

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