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Hollywood Barn Dance (1947)

Approved | | Musical, Western | 21 June 1947 (USA)
Based on and built around the west coast radio program, "The Hollywood Barn Dance", although no members of the 1947 cast of the program are in the film, but the better-known (on a national ... See full summary »


Bernard B. Ray (as B.B. Ray)


Bernard B. Ray (original story) (as B.B. Ray), Dorothea Knox Martin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ernest Tubb ... Ernest Tubb
Lori Talbott Lori Talbott ... Helen
The Texas Troubadours The Texas Troubadours ... The Texas Troubadours
Helen Boyce Helen Boyce ... Esmeralda 'Ezzy' Perkins
Earle Hodgins ... Francis D. Cartwright
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Pa (Hiram) Tubb (as Frank McGlynn)
Phil Arnold ... Toppit
Larry Reed Larry Reed ... Pete Dixon (as Larry Reid)
Red Herron Red Herron ... Red Herron
Ann Kunde Ann Kunde ... Ma Tubb (as Ann Knudi)
Betty Mudge Betty Mudge ... Ma Perkins
Jack Guthrie Jack Guthrie ... Jack Guthrie - Singer
Dorothy Swan Dorothy Swan ... Dot
Lewis Swan Lewis Swan ... Smoky
Sam Wolfe Sam Wolfe ... Harmonica Player


Based on and built around the west coast radio program, "The Hollywood Barn Dance", although no members of the 1947 cast of the program are in the film, but the better-known (on a national scale) Ernest Tubb and His Texas Troubadors, Jack Guthrie and Jimmy and Leon Short more than make up for that. The slight plot, around 18 songs, begins with Tubb and his band searching for $2000 needed to rebuild their town chuch after it burned down while they were rehearsing in it. Hollywood, here they come. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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IT'S RURAL, RHYTHMIC, ROMANTIC! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Musical | Western








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21 June 1947 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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The Rise of Ernest Tubbs
6 March 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a perfectly adequate movie version of Ernest Tubbs' then-popular radio show: a few country-western songs, a few cornball jokes and enough plot to cover the corners. I'm a banjo player myself (a rather bad one) and find the music a little oddly calculated; they seem to use a Hawaiian guitar when they should be using a Dobro and the songs tend to be dolorous for western swing, except for the seemingly inevitable harmonica solo.

Writer/director Bernard Ray had been a big noise in Gower Gulch, in the 1930s, writing, producing and directing but his career was winding down, even though he was only in his early fifties. He would direct only four more pictures over the next dozen years before dying in 1964. It shows in the production values: cheaply decorated sets.

The net result is about what you'd expect. If you're a fan of the music, you'll have a good time. If not, then not so much.

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