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Granny Get Your Gun (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Western | 10 February 1940 (USA)
Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, ... See full summary »


George Amy


Kenneth Gamet (original screen play), Erle Stanley Gardner (based on a story by)


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Complete credited cast:
May Robson ... Minerva Hatton
Harry Davenport ... Nate
Margot Stevenson ... Julie Westcott
Hardie Albright ... Phil Westcott
Clem Bevans ... Smokey
Clay Clement Clay Clement ... Riff Daggett
William B. Davidson ... Fitzgerald (as William Davidson)
Arthur Aylesworth ... Sheriff Quinn
Granville Bates ... Tom Redding
Ann E. Todd ... Charlotte (as Ann Todd)
Vera Lewis ... Carrie
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Frayne
Archie Twitchell ... Joe
Walter Wilson Walter Wilson ... Judge
Nat Carr Nat Carr ... Wadsworth


Minerva Hatton is back in Nevada, where she grubstaked her fortune years ago. Her granddaughter Julie Westcott is visiting while getting a divorce. They are blackmailed by Julie's husband, Philip, who has two gambling checks Julie has given a gambling casino. Minerva, trying to buy them back, comes across Philip's murdered body. Believing Julie guilty, she substitutes her fingerprints and pleads guilty. When she learns that Julie is innocent of the killing, she does an about face, appearing in court as a sweet old lady instead of her usual rugged desert outfits, to play on the jury's sympathy. Freed, she still must find the killer to clear Julie, to whom the evidence points. After a little detectice work, she is convinced of the identity of the killer. She has herself sworn in as a temporary sheriff, jumps into her Model-T Ford and uses her marksmanship to nab the killer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She was the roughest toughest...Sweetest old gal in the West! (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Western


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10 February 1940 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The start of the production was delayed to allow May Robson to finish her role in Four Wives (1939). See more »


During the trial, the judge fills a plain, clear glass two-thirds full of water and starts to hand it to Minerva. But in the next shot, the glass is only one-third full and has a criss-cross pattern upon it. See more »


Version of Perry Mason: The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (1959) See more »

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A nice little Warner Brothers film from 1940--very enjoyable!!
17 January 2001 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

One of the many "B" movies done in the 1940's--very enjoyable and also very short in its length--less than an hour long!! May Robson and a group of familiar character actors (if you watch many of the old black and white films) are great in this film. All about Miss Robson taking the blame for a murder that she thought her granddaughter did and then finding out who the real murderer is. Like I said, very enjoyable and a treat to watch. Would be great to watch this with someone and you can "pass the popcorn"!! LOL

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