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Carolina Cannonball (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi | 28 January 1955 (USA)
Judy and her grandpa run a trolley between a train depot and a ghost town in Nevada, near the California border. Three spies intent of tracking down an atomic missile gone astray arrive. ... See full summary »


Charles Lamont


Barry Shipman (screenplay), Frank Gill Jr. (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Judy Canova ... Judy Canova
Andy Clyde ... Grandpa Rutherford Canova
Ross Elliott ... Don Mack
Sig Ruman ... Stefan
Leon Askin ... Otto
Jack Kruschen ... Hogar
Frank Wilcox ... Professor
Emil Sitka ... Technician


Judy and her grandpa run a trolley between a train depot and a ghost town in Nevada, near the California border. Three spies intent of tracking down an atomic missile gone astray arrive. When the trolley breaks down, Judy and Grandpa unwittingly install the engine from the nearby crashed missile. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Musical | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

28 January 1955 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Referenced in Mischief (1985) See more »


Carolina Cannonball
Written by Jack Elliott and Donald Kahn
Sung by Judy Canova
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Friday Night With Judy
8 October 2016 | by magicshadows-90098See all my reviews

My most recent inexplicable quest is to track down and view the rarest of the Judy Canova film library. The story starts with the US Military launching a remote controlled atomic missile. German spies intercept the signal and try to control the missile, but their interference causes the missile to crash in the middle of a Nevada ghost town. The spies, led by Sig Rumann, and the US government set out to locate the missing missile.

The only inhabitants of the Nevada ghost town are Judy and her grandpa, played by Andy Clyde. Clyde's grandpa is not too far from his California Carlson role which graced many Hopalong Cassidy features. Judy and Andy run a small train shuttle that connects to the big city. The missile lands right on their train's line causing their sleepy existence to be disturbed by US agents and foreign spies.

One of the delights of the film for me was the teaming of Canova and Clyde which worked very well together. Their scenes are where the film really glides. It slows down during the romantic parts when a US agent (Ross Elliott) shows up to locate the missile and the German spies. The spy story is really much nonsense but leave it to old professionals Canova, Clyde and Rumann to pull it off.

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