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Lay That Rifle Down (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 7 July 1955 (USA)
Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.


Charles Lamont


Barry Shipman


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Cast overview:
Judy Canova ... Judy Canova
Robert Lowery ... Nick Stokes, aka Poindexter March, III
Jil Jarmyn ... Betty Greeb
Jacqueline deWit ... Aunt Sarah Greeb
Richard Deacon ... Glover Speckleton
Robert Burton ... General Ballard
James Bell ... Mr. Fetcher
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Horace Speckleton
Tweeny Canova Tweeny Canova ... Tweeny Greeb


Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.

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Comedy | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

7 July 1955 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?


The Continental Correspondence Charm School
Written by Jack Elliott and Donald Kahn
Sung by Judy Canova
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Surprisingly enjoyable.
19 January 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although Judy Canova was very popular back in the day, today most folks have never heard of her nor know about his popularity on the radio and in films. Her old fashioned country humor and yodeling are a bit passe today. However, despite her fading popularity, I had a good time watching "Lay That Rifle Down" and, shockingly, my extremely difficult to please wife liked the movie as well.

When the story begins, Judy is working like a slave for her nasty old aunt. Despite being a nice person, her work seems unappreciated....much like a more modern Cinderella.

Among the many ways the Aunt likes to have fun is making fun of Judy. In particular, she likes to remind her that she isn't pretty and has no man in her life. In a panic, Judy blurts out that she DOES have a boyfriend and he's visiting town soon. The family decides to call Judy on this and they insist on going down to the bus station to meet him. So, in a very funny scene, Judy approaches a random man getting off the bus and begs him to pretend to be her new boyfriend. Oddly, he really seems to enjoy this...and kisses her very passionately in front of everyone! Is this an answer to her prayers? Maybe...but what she doesn't realize is that this man is a crook! How can this crook actually turn out to be a GOOD think in Judy's life?!

This film is well written and engaging. Further, Canova never (thank God) yodels. And, one of her songs is actually very sweet and she has a lovely voice. This combined with likeable characters and a very satisfying finale make this a picture worth seeing.

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