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Wild and Woolly (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Western | 19 July 1937 (USA)
Jane Withers helps celebrate her town's fiftieth anniversary in spite of crooks planning a bank robbery.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker

Writers:

Lynn Root (screenplay), Frank Fenton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jane Withers ... Arnette Flynn
Walter Brennan ... Gramp 'Hercules' Flynn
Pauline Moore ... Ruth Morris
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Zero
Jackie Searl ... Chaunce Ralston
Berton Churchill ... Edward Ralston
Douglas Fowley ... Blackie Morgan
Robert Wilcox ... Frank Bailey
Douglas Scott ... Leon Wakefield
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Dutch
Frank Melton ... Barton Henshaw
Syd Saylor ... Lutz
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Arnette Flynn (Jane Withers), a lively and free-spirit young girl, is enjoying the celebrations of her home town's fiftieth anniversary. Her ex-badman grandfather, Hercules Flynn (Walter Brennan) continues his long-going feud with Edward Ralston (Berton Churchill), a local politician, and challenges him to a duel but, for reasons beyond his control , doesn't show up. He gets a chance to save face and prove he isn't a coward when Arnette and her friend Zero (Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer) overhear a pair of crooks planning to puling a bank robbery during the distractions of the celebrations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Jane's at her best! With her finest cast! In the grandest show any of 'em has ever been in! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Neta de um Ex-Bandido See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Whoa Whoopee, Whoa Whipee (Yippy-I-O-I-Ay)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Lon Chaney Jr. in his second Jane Withers vehicle
17 May 2015 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1937's "Wild and Woolly" was a vehicle for 20th Century-Fox's second biggest child star, Jane Withers, who remained a lifelong friend of the biggest, Shirley Temple, but who is today probably recalled by most as 'Josephine the Plumber' in the long running series of Comet commercials on television. As popular as she was in the 30s and 40s her films have not received the kind of exposure that one would expect, and this title is a prime example, with such famous co-stars as Walter Brennan, recent Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner for 1936's "Come and Get It," and Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, whose dreadful singing is as bad as ever (Jackie Searl also provides his share of amusement, especially by offering Jane her first screen kiss). Like Shirley's characters, Jane never seemed to have parents, usually an uncle or other relative, here with Brennan as her grandfather, a former bandit who later became an upright sheriff, his long running feud with the crooked town banker (Berton Churchill, already playing his best remembered character from 1939's "Stagecoach") has been going on so long that neither can remember how it started. The town plans a 50th anniversary celebration, but with some crooks planning to spoil the party by making sure the reenactment of a bank robbery becomes the real thing, it's up to Jane and Alfalfa to save the day. Among the villains is Lon Chaney Jr. as Dutch, bouncer at the local watering hole, who is called upon to perform the robbery disguised under a mask, in the second of his three Withers films, preceded by "Angel's Holiday," and followed by "Checkers." During his two years at Fox, the still relatively unknown Chaney made 30 features (4 of which his role was deleted prior to release), with "Wild and Woolly" one of only 8 in which he actually receives on screen billing.


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