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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the ... See full summary »

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Michael O'Herlihy

Writers:

Lowell S. Hawley (screen story), Lowell S. Hawley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Brennan ... Grandpa Bower
Buddy Ebsen ... Calvin Bower
Lesley Ann Warren ... Alice Bower
John Davidson ... Joe Carder
Janet Blair ... Katie Bower
Kurt Russell ... Sidney Bower
Bobby Riha ... Mayo Bower
Jon Walmsley ... Quinn Bower
Smith Wordes Smith Wordes ... Nettie Bower (as Smitty Wordes)
Heidi Rook Heidi Rook ... Rose Bower
Debbie Smith Debbie Smith ... Lulu Bower
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Laura Bower
Wally Cox ... Mr. Wampler
Richard Deacon ... Charlie Wrenn
Steve Harmon Steve Harmon ... Ernie Stubbins
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Storyline

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties). Written by Manus Hand <manus@starship.skyport.net>

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The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1969 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Family Band See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, Lesley Ann Warren made the mistake of having her hair cut short (a la 'Twiggy') by her future husband during filming. See more »

Quotes

Calvin Bower: There's a time to stand up for what you believe in and there is a time to join hands and work together.
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Crazy Credits

This film had its credits at the end. Although this is commonplace today, it was unheard of in most 1960s films, especially the ones produced by Disney until the early 1980s. See more »


Soundtracks

Dakota
Performed by John Davidson
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
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Fabulous Family Movie with great songs!
31 March 2002 | by rlinstrotSee all my reviews

Everyone in this movie is great! The singing and dancing are the kind that stick in your memory forever. You will find yourself singing one of the songs the next week and even the next week. Walter Brennan is at his best. Buddy Ebsen is fabulous and there is even a great scene that shows what a great dancer he is - soft shoe is the best! Kirk Russell met Goldie Hawn on this movie (her's was a bit part). What do ya know - Kirk can dance pretty well also.

I recommend adding this to your library!


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