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Uncle Joe (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Music
Young girl, sent to the country to avoid the amours of an artist, meets up with her backwards inventor uncle Joe and four country boys, who must all band together to keep the bank from ... See full summary »

Directors:

Howard M. Railsback, William Strohbach (as Raymond E. Swartley)

Writers:

G.M. Rohrbach (story) (as Glenn Rohrbach), Al Weeks (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Slim Summerville ... Joe Butterworth
Zasu Pitts ... Julia Jordan
Gale Storm ... Clare Day
William B. Davidson ... J. K. Day
Dorothy Peterson ... Margaret Day
Dick Hogan ... Bill Jones
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Dick
Jimmy Butler ... Bob
Maynard Holmes ... Skinny
Brenda Henderson Brenda Henderson ... Ann
Howard Hickman ... Banker Jones
John Holland ... Paul Darcey
Marvin Hatley Marvin Hatley ... Bandleader Marvin Hartley
Susan 'Honey' Lamb Susan 'Honey' Lamb ... Land of Nod Singer
Marvin Hartley Orchestra Marvin Hartley Orchestra ... Orchestra
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Young girl, sent to the country to avoid the amours of an artist, meets up with her backwards inventor uncle Joe and four country boys, who must all band together to keep the bank from forclosing on a friend of the family. Written by <goertzen@oregontrail.net>

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Runs Like a Deere (original poster)

Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Two of the songs written for the film, 'Woogie Hula' and 'Land of Nod', are performed during a radio broadcast by a female vocal trio and a solo female vocalist respectively, nether of which are credited. No information has been submitted regarding the identities of these performers. See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed on musical instruments by Slim Summerville, Gale Storm, Dick Hogan, Frank Coghlan Jr., Maynard Holmes and Jimmy Butler
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Ugghh!
17 November 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A good-looking teenage girl is driving her parents crazy, so they send her to the country to visit their uncle--a very sedate atmosphere, indeed. The uncle turns out to be a crazy inventor, though his work wasn't nearly as interesting as other films about scatter-brained inventors. During the visit, they learn that their aunt (who lives nearby) is about to lose her home, so they come up with great jingles to enter into a contest--hoping to get enough to help the old lady out of a jam. In the process, the local bachelors take their turns trying to woo the young lady.

This is a pretty bad movie--even with the usually capable acting of Slim Summerville (who is NOT at his best) and Zasu Pitts. The main problems are that the young star of this film cannot act and therefore had trouble delivering her lines as well as some bizarre musical numbers with her playing the accordion!! Perhaps this was because it was a second feature and its real purpose was to clear theater! In addition to the accordion (owch), there are a couple other performances by unnamed performers--including a surprisingly good trio that sang an Andrews Sisters-style song.

In addition to bad acting and an accordion, the film suffers from way too many songs, poor writing and an overall cheapness that shows it was hurried into production. In other words, it's a B-movie and a low-budget one at that. And, a rather limp and uninteresting one as well!


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