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Driftwood (1947)

Approved | | Drama | 15 September 1947 (USA)
Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writers:

Mary Loos (original screenplay), Richard Sale (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Warrick ... Susan Moore
Walter Brennan ... Murph
Dean Jagger ... Dr. Steve Webster
Charlotte Greenwood ... Mathilda
Natalie Wood ... Jenny Hollingsworth
Jerome Cowan ... Mayor Snyder
H.B. Warner ... Rev. J. 'Grandpappy' Hollingsworth
Margaret Hamilton ... Essie Keenan
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Judge Beckett
Francis Ford ... Abner Green
Alan Napier ... Dr. Nicholas Adams
Howland Chamberlain ... Hiram Trumbell
James Bell ... Sheriff Bolton
Teddy Infuhr Teddy Infuhr ... Lester Snyder
James Kirkwood ... Rev. MacDougal
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Six-year-old Jenny rescues a collie dog, the only survivor of a plane wreck. A tag on the dog's neck states that it is en route to a medical laboratory where its blood will be used for spotted fever vaccine. Dr. Steven Webster meets both Jenny and the dog and "adopts" them both. His fiancée Susan isn't too fond of either the girl or the dog. Webster wants to get a hospital for the town but he is suppressed by the town mayor. In the arguments that follow, Webster's lab is wrecked and ticks infected with spotted fever escape. The town is in a panic and all want to be vaccinated. Jenny is infected and is about to die. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fiore selvaggio See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Lana Wood, but her scenes were cut from the picture before its release. See more »

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Rev. MacDougal: If a thing can be done, science and skill can do it. If a thing cannot be done, only faith can do it.
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Forgotten second-feature from Republic Pictures...
3 December 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Fine cast races through second-string drama about an orphaned girl from Bull Frog Springs, Nevada whose Collie dog may hold the answer to an outbreak of Spotted Fever that threatens a homey town. Begins well, with Natalie Wood (spunky with a solemn little face) just fine as the Bible-quoting youngster, but the plot gets all balled-up, spending too much time on the buffoonish town dolts (like a foolish mayor and his bratty son, whose complaints about a dog bite brings the entire town into the courtroom). The subplot about the disease is agonizing, yet not nearly as bad as a second one involving two unmarried women hoping for husbands. The movie rushes along at a fast clip, but it's not very inspiring, original or inventive. ** from ****


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