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Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 September 1948 (Mexico)
In 1948 rural America, two stepbrothers compete for the same gal and the younger brother buys two untamed mules for work projects while the older brother tries to sabotage him.


F. Hugh Herbert


F. Hugh Herbert (screenplay), George Agnew Chamberlain (novel)




Complete credited cast:
June Haver ... Rad McGill
Lon McCallister ... Daniel 'Snug' Dominy
Walter Brennan ... Tony Maule
Anne Revere ... Judith Dominy
Natalie Wood ... Eufraznee 'Bean' McGill
Robert Karnes ... Stretch Dominy
Henry Hull ... Milt Dominy
Tom Tully ... Robert 'Roarer' McGill


Light-hearted, old-style romance about a farm-hand who arranges to buy a pair of mules from his employer. No one is able to handle the mules and he must train them. Adding to his dilemma, he pursues his boss's daughter who gets her kicks out of keeping him guessing about her true feelings. Of course, at the end he tames both the mules and the girl. Written by Kieran Lee <kjl@kjl.st-andrews.ac.uk>

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Daniel 'Snug' Dominy: [he sits down at the table] Sorry I'm late
Judith Dominy: Get that dog outta here
Daniel 'Snug' Dominy: Oh, leave him be. He won't hurt none
Judith Dominy: Get that dog out of my house!
Milt Dominy: Your house? Your House! You leave the dog stay
Judith Dominy: I said I want the dog out of the house
Milt Dominy: I say the dog stays. Did you hear me?
Daniel 'Snug' Dominy: Yes, sir. I heard ya. Get down, Ruff. Boy am I hungry! Hey, where are my hot cakes?
Judith Dominy: You're late. This is a farm, not a hotel
Milt Dominy: Fix the boy his breakfast
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Alternate Versions

At least two versions were in circulation at one time: one with Marilyn Monroe's single line of dialog intact, and another in which her line was cut out. See more »


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Pop Goes the Weasel
Played when Bean is introduced
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You'll have a hard time finding a prettier movie full of nastier people
9 November 2020 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Wow what a dumpster fire this one is. I have to give it credit for surprising me. At first glance I expected the usual corny homespun drama in luscious Technicolor that was commonplace at the time. Well I was right about the Technicolor. It's full of unlikable characters in toxic relationships, most of whom are plotting to hurt one another emotionally or physically. The opening scene has our hero angrily encouraging his father to murder his stepmother. We'll soon find out why because she and her son are pieces of work. Then the dad decides to bail and leave the son with these creeps. Don't even get me started on the romantic plot that is all kinds of gross thanks to June Haver's character being manipulative and conceited. Finally we have mules. Yes, mules. They're kind of the point of the whole movie if you can suffer through the nasty people to get to it. Noteworthy only for being the film debut of Marilyn Monroe (blink and you'll miss her). It's a good looking but thoroughly unenjoyable picture due to the detestable characters. A waste of fine actors like Anne Revere, Walter Brennan, and Henry Hull.

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Release Date:

23 September 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Lightning See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonora, California, USA See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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