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Uncle Joe (April 1, 1941)

Slim Summerville and Gale Storm in Uncle Joe
 

Released on April 1, 1941: (running time 51 minutes) In order to get his daughter away from a suitor that he doesn't like, dad sends Clare to visit her Uncle Joe in the country, where she enjoys a summer adventure.

Directed by Howard M. Railsback and Raymond E. Swartley

The Actors: Slim Summerville (Uncle Joe), Zasu Pitts (Aunt Julia), Gale Storm (Clare), William B. Davidson (J.K. Day), Dorothy Peterson (Margaret Day), Dick Hogan (Bill), Frank Coghlan Jr. (Dick), Jimmy Butler (Bob), Maynard Holmes (Skinny), Brenda Henderson (Ann), John Holland (Paul Darcey), Susan Lamb (herself, singer), Marvin Hatley (himself, bandleader), John Maxwell (radio announcer), Lynton Brent (lymericks judge), Frank O'Connor (lymericks judge)

 

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Capturing Her Pale Pink City Soul, on the Farm in the Country

Josephine Owaissa Cottle was born in 1922 in Bloomington, Texas. She enjoyed ice skating, dancing and acting in school plays. In 1939 Hollywood mogul Jesse Lasky was searching for fresh, new talent for motion pictures. He organized a radio talent contest around the country, and seventeen-year-old Josephine Cottle was the winner from Texas.

Her mother escorted Josephine to Hollywood to compete with other local winners from around the country. The finalists performed on a live CBS radio network show every Sunday night in 1939, and each show ended with the announcer asking the audience, “Who will be Terry Belmont? Who will be Gale Storm?”

Josephine Cottle from Texas was selected as the female national winner of the contest. The male winner of this national contest was Lee Bonnell, a handsome Indiana University drama student from South Bend, Ind. They began making movies at the RKO studios, and the two contest winners got married a few months after this movie was filmed.

Two years later, when this movie was filmed, Josephine had already appeared in nine movies and was on her way to fame not in motion pictures, but years later, as a television actor in the television sit-com “My Little Margie,” and then “The Gale Storm Show, Oh! Susanna.” Lee Bonnell left motion pictures before Gale Storm did and became an insurance executive. They had three sons and a daughter, all of whom later appeared at least once on Gale Storm’s television sit-coms.

In this adventure, Gale Storm is the teenage daughter of a radio show producer, and the rich city teenager has a big crush on a sophisticated artist. Her parents think that some time on the farm with Uncle Joe might be a good way to break up this relationship.

Uncle Joe, her mother’s brother, is a bachelor farmer who likes to invent new contraptions, like an automatic dish washer - yeah, like anyone would believe that a dishwasher will ever really be invented. Clare will discover that instead of chasing the big city artist, she will be chased by four farm boys with gleaming eyes and mischievous spirits. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Dick Hogan
Dick Hogan
Dick Hogan
Dick Hogan
Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy Peterson
Dorothy Peterson
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Frank Coghlan Jr.
Gale Storm
Gale Storm
Ernie Adams stares at Peter Cookson
Gale Storm and William B. Davidson
Gale Storm
Gale Storm
Howard C. Hickman
Howard C. Hickman
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler, Maynard Holmes
Jimmy Butler, Maynard Holmes
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler
John Holland
John Holland
John Maxwell, Honey Lamb
John Maxwell, Honey Lamb
Maynard Holmes
Maynard Holmes
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Slim Summerville
Susan "Honey" Lamb
Susan "Honey" Lamb
Susan Lamb
Susan Lamb
Susan 'Honey' Lamb
Susan 'Honey' Lamb
Trio singing Hopa Hula Boogie
Trio singing Woogie Hula
William P. Davidson
William P. Davidson
William B. Davidson and John Maxwell
William B. Davidson and John Maxwell
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts, Slim Summerville
Zasu Pitts, Slim Summerville
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts