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Louisiana Hayride (1944)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 13 July 1944 (USA)
Two con men dupe a country bumpkin into giving them all of her money under the pretense that they'll make her a movie star. She and her family eventually track them in Hollywood, still ... See full summary »


Charles Barton


Paul Yawitz (screenplay), Paul Yawitz (story) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Judy Canova ... Judy Crocker
Ross Hunter ... Gordon Pearson
Richard Lane ... J. Huntington McMasters
Lloyd Bridges ... Montague Price
Matt Willis ... Jeb Crocker
George McKay George McKay ... Canada Brown
Minerva Urecal ... Ma Crocker
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Malcolm Cartwright
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Warburton
Nelson Leigh ... Wiffle - Makeup Artist
Arthur Loft ... Studio Director
Robert Homans ... Police Officer Conlon
Russell Hicks ... H.C. Forbes
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Graham ... Testing Director (scenes deleted)


Two con men dupe a country bumpkin into giving them all of her money under the pretense that they'll make her a movie star. She and her family eventually track them in Hollywood, still unaware they're being taken. The crooked pair enlist the help of a bellboy posing as a director and arrange for a fake screen test for the girl. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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JUDY'S RIDIN' HIGH...WITH A WAGONFUL OF TUNEFUL FUN! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Action | Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

13 July 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rica y revoltosa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


You Gotta Go Where the Train Goes
Written by Kim Gannon and Walter Kent
Performed by Judy Canova
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Canova - the Entertainer
25 April 2009 | by wmooresSee all my reviews

I remember Judy Canova on radio and the silver screen and she came across on the radio much better than she did on the screen. Her radio programs had more comedy situations in a thirty minute program than in an hour and a half movie. In longer movies the comedy aspect in her character seems to wane. The singing is always the greatest, and in this movie, I wish she had sung more of her popular numbers of the 1940s. "You Are My Sunshine" would have been great in this movie.

Her Western movies were much better than this example of a movie with a misleading title that can be confused with a former Shreveport, LA, country music program that competed for awhile with the Grand Ole Opry.

Nevertheless, Judy was a comedian with perfect timing, although totally country in the movie 'Louisiana Hayride,' which has its ups and downs with some questionable movie producers who are trying to make a fast buck on bumpkin Judy who has been given some lease money on her land that is producing oil. The 'Hollywood Studio' is simply a pawn shop where the shysters often take their loot, and is not a producing movie studio.

The plot for this movie is almost a dead-ringer for the TV series 'The Beverly Hilbillies: backwoods people with oil money go to Hollywood to make the big time and be taken advantage of. The only character missing is that of Jed Clampett. Judy's mother could have been Granny, Judy might have been Ellie Mae, and Judy's brother could be Jethro. I wonder if the writers for 'The Beverly Hillbillies' saw 'Louisiana Hayride' and got the idea for a TV series from it.

All in all, it was fun to catch Judy Canova on the screen again, but there are better performances out there that should be given some air time.

The voting tally for this movie was a mere six before the movie was shown recently, but has now jumped to seventeen, so there are a few old-timers out there that cared enough to see Judy again. TCM, just give us more, please. Judy is an interesting diversion.

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