Friendly Neighbors (1940)

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Friendly Neighbors
 

Released in 1940: Leon, Elviry, Cicero and Violey head out on the Ozarks trail in search of a better life.

Directed by Nick Grinde

The Actors: Leon Weaver (Abner Weaver), Frank Weaver (Cicero Weaver), June Weaver (Elviry Weaver), Lois Ranson (Nancy Williams), Spencer Charters (Bumblebee Hibbs), Cliff Edwards (Notes), John Hartley (Breeze Kid), Loretta Weaver (Violey Weaver), Al Shean (Doc), Thurston Hall (the Governor), Margaret Seddon (Martha Williams), Clarence Wilson (Silas Barton), J. Farrell MacDonald (Sheriff Potts), Al St. John (Smokey)

 

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Before Country Music was Cool

Leon Abner Weaver was born in Ozark, Missouri in 1882, and along with his younger brother Frank served up hillbilly country comedy and music as part of Doctor A.B. Christy's Traveling Medicine Shows. Leon married June and soon they were top country entertainers at the Grand Ole Opry along with daughter Loretta. When June and Leon were divorced and younger brother Frank then married June, all was well and the act went on. This Weaver family adventure falls in the middle of their Hollywood years . . . They were featured in 15 motion pictures beginning with the 1938 film "Swing Your Lady" with Humphrey Bogart and ending with the 1949 Gene Autry film "Riders of the Whistling Pines." Leon Weaver died a year later in 1950 at the age of 67, but Frank and June remained married until Frank's death in 1967. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and get ready to tap your toes and smile along with the happy Weavers as they wander through the Ozarks in search of a better life.

Al Shean in Friendly Neighbors
Al Shean in Friendly Neighbors
Clarence Wilson as merchant Silas Barton
Clarence Wilson as merchant Silas Barton
Frank Weaver in Friendly Neighbors
Frank Weaver in Friendly Neighbors
J. Farrell MacDonald as Sheriff Potts
J. Farrell MacDonald as Sheriff Potts
John Hartley and Leon Weaver
John Hartley and Leon Weaver
John Hartley and Spencer Charters
John Hartley and Spencer Charters
June Weaver and Loretta Weaver in Friendly Neighbors
June Weaver and Loretta Weaver in Friendly Neighbors
Leon Weaver, June Weaver, Frank Weaver and Al Sheen
Leon Weaver, June Weaver, Frank Weaver and Al Sheen
Leon Abner Weaver, 1940
Leon Abner Weaver, 1940
Lois Ranson and John Hartley meet at the jail
Lois Ranson and John Hartley meet at the jail
Lois Ranson and June Weaver singing
Lois Ranson and June Weaver singing
Lois Ranson and Spencer Charters in Friendly Neighbors
Lois Ranson and Spencer Charters in Friendly Neighbors
Lois Ranson is Nancy Williams in Friendly Neighbors
Lois Ranson is Nancy Williams in Friendly Neighbors
Lois Ranson sings along with the record
Lois Ranson sings along with the record
Loretta Weaver, June Weaver and Leon Weaver
Loretta Weaver, June Weaver and Leon Weaver
Loretta Weaver and June Weaver listen for their echo
Loretta Weaver and June Weaver listen for their echo
Loretta Weaver in 1940
Loretta Weaver in 1940
Margaret Seddon and Leon Weaver
Margaret Seddon and Leon Weaver
Margaret Seddon in Friendly Neighbors
Margaret Seddon in Friendly Neighbors
Spencer Charters and Lois Ranson
Spencer Charters and Lois Ranson
Spencer Charters and Lois Ranson
Spencer Charters and Lois Ranson
SPencer Charters as Sheriff Bumblebee Hibbs
SPencer Charters as Sheriff Bumblebee Hibbs
Spencer Charters in the 1940 movie Friendly Neighbors
Spencer Charters in the 1940 movie Friendly Neighbors
Thurston Hall in Friendly Neighbors
Thurston Hall in Friendly Neighbors