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I'm From Arkansas (October 31, 1944)

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I'm From Arkansas
 

Released on October 31, 1944: (running time 65 minutes) Folk from Pitchfork, Arkansas show off their hog-calling, singing and dancing, with country and popular performers from 1935.

Produced by E.H. Kleinert and Irving Vershel

Directed by Lew Landers

The Actors: Slim Summerville (Juniper Jenkins), El Brendel (Oly), Iris Adrian (Doris Blaine), Bruce Bennett (Bob Hamline), Maude Eburne (Matilda Alden Jenkins), Cliff Nazarro (Willie Childs, show troupe manager), Al St. John (Farmer), Carolina Cotton (Abigail 'Abby' Alden), Danny Jackson (Efus Jenkins), Paul Newlan (Slowe Packing Company representative), Harry Harvey (Slowe Packing Company representative), Arthur Q. Bryan (Commissioner of Agriculture), John Hamilton (Harry Cashin, the Vice President of Slowe Packing Company), Douglas Wood (Governor of Arkansas), Walter Baldwin (real estate attorney), Flo Bert (showgirl, El Brendel's real-life wife), The Pied Pipers (themselves, John Huddleston, Jo Stafford, Chuck Lowry and Clark Yocum), The Sunshine Girls (the girl trio), Jimmy Wakely (himself, singer), Jimmie Dean (musician), Vivian Earls (a Sunshine Trio girl), Mary Ford (a Sunshine Trio girl), June Widener (A Sunshine Trio girl), Frankie Marvin (Jimmy Wakely's steel guitar player), Vivian Mason (chorus girl), Edward Milo (performer, one of the Milo Twins), Edwin Milo (performer, one of the Milo twins), Merle Travis (himself, musician), Lovyss Bradley (audience member), Bob Burns (audience member), Nora Bush (Nora, hog caller), Dae Cooper (audience member), Pearl S. Cooper (audience member) Slim Gaut (audience member), Jack Kenny (audience member), Ann Kunde (Mrs. Tompkins), Jessie Proctor (audience member), Dorothy Vernon (townswoman)

 
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If you ever get to the Laguna Beach, California area, be sure to have a meal at the trendy ‘Driftwood Kitchen and Stateroom Bar” at 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane. Until his death in 1946, two years after making this movie, it was the home of the famous character comedian Slim Summerville.

George Joseph ‘Slim’ Somerville was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1892. His mother died when he was five years old and for a while he lived with his English grandparents in Ontario, Canada. When he was twenty years old he was in California where he met Mack Sennett and got a part in his silent comedies for $3.50 a day. Because of his unique face and personality, when talkies arrived he became a noted and memorable character actor, famously teaming up with character actor Zasu Pitts for several comedy adventures.

In this story about the hills of Arkansas and the music that flowed from those hills, he is an old bachelor who wants to marry the lady who owns a famous sow, but don’t worry about the story line. The story is only needed to weave together the country and pop music performances. Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers were among the most popular singing groups of 1944, and they perform a couple of hit songs, but the meat of the music is the country sound from the first days of true country music.

Jimmy Wakely sings with the Sunshine Girls, anchored by famous singer Mary Ford. The musicians backing them up include Jimmy Dean and Merle Travis. The comedy of Vaudeville team El Brendel and his wife Flo Bert add to the hill-country festivities, along with famous nonsense talker Cliff Nazarro. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Ann Kunde and El Brendel
Ann Kunde and El Brendel
Ann Kunde calling the hogs
Ann Kunde calling the hogs
Arthur Q. Bryan
Arthur Q. Bryan
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett, Maude Eburne and Carolina Cotton
Bruce Bennett, Maude Eburne and Carolina Cotton
Bruce Bennett
Bruce Bennett
Carolina Cotton and Bruce Bennett
Carolina Cotton and Bruce Bennett
Carolina Cotton and Maude Eburne
Carolina Cotton and Maude Eburne
Carolina Cotton
Carolina Cotton
Cliff Nazarro and Iris Adrian
Cliff Nazarro and Iris Adrian
Cliff Nazarro
Cliff Nazarro
Danny Jackson
Danny Jackson
Danny Jackson and Slim Summerville
Danny Jackson and Slim Summerville
Danny Jackson
Danny Jackson
Edwin and Edward Miolen
Edwin and Edward Miolen
El Brendel and Clunky
El Brendel and Clunky
Bruce Bennett and Carolina Cotton
Bruce Bennett and Carolina Cotton
El Brendel and Flo Bert
El Brendel and Flo Bert
Ed Brendel, Maude Eburne and Carolina Cotton
Ed Brendel, Maude Eburne and Carolina Cotton
Ed Brendel and Nora Bush
Ed Brendel and Nora Bush
Ed Brendel and Nora Bush
Ed Brendel and Nora Bush
El Brendel
El Brendel
Harry Harvey and John Hamilton
Harry Harvey and John Hamilton
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian and Bruce Bennett
Iris Adrian and Bruce Bennett
Iris Adrian and Bruce Bennett
Iris Adrian and Bruce Bennett
Iris Adrian
Iris Adrian
Jimmy Wakely and the Sunshine Girls
Jimmy Wakely and the Sunshine Girls
Jimmy Wakely
Jimmy Wakely
John Hamilton
John Hamilton
John Huddleston, Jo Stafford, Chuck Lowry and Clark Yocum
John Huddleston, Jo Stafford, Chuck Lowry and Clark Yocum
Mary Ford and Jimmy Wakely
Mary Ford and Jimmy Wakely
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne and El Brendel
Maude Eburne and El Brendel
Maude Eburne and El Brendel
Maude Eburne and El Brendel
Maude Eburne and Slim Summerville
Maude Eburne and Slim Summerville
Maude Eburne
Maude Eburne
Paul Newland and Harry Harvey
Paul Newland and Harry Harvey
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
The Pied Pipers
The Pied Pipers
Slim Summerville
The Sunshine Girls
Vivian Earles, June Ford and June Widener
Vivian Earles, June Ford and June Widener