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Home Town Story (May 18, 1951)

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Home Town Story
 

Released on May 18, 1951: (running time 61 minutes) A crusading newspaper editor tries to paint the big business owner as a scoundrel.

Produced by Arthur Pierson

Directed by Arthur Pierson

The Actors: Alan Hale Jr. (Slim Haskins, Fairfax Herald newspaper reporter), Marjorie Reynolds (Janice Hunt, third grade school teacher), Marilyn Monroe (Iris Martin, newspaper office secretary), Jeffrey Lynn (Blake Washburn, Fairfax Herald newspaper editor), Donald Crisp (John MacFarland, factory owner), Barbara Brown (Mrs. Washburn, Blake's mother), Melinda Casey (Katie Washburn, Blake's little sister), Speck Noblitt (motorcycle policeman), Renny McEvoy (Leo, taxi driver), Glenn Tryon (Ken Lock, newspaper man), Byron Foulger (Berny Miles, newspaper reporter), Hugh Beaumont (Bob MacFarland, new state senator), Griff Barnett (Uncle Cliff, owner of the Fairfax Herald newspaper), Virginia Campbell (Phoebe Hartman, newspaper women's page editor), Harry Harvey (Andy Butterworth, foreman of the chemical plant), Nelson Leigh (Doctor Johnson), Dorothy Adams (hospital nurse), John Alvin (Jimmy), John Archer (Don), Robert Carson (newspaper reporter at airport), Stephen Chase (newspaper reporter at airport), Richard Crane (Don, man dancing in barbeque room on his anniversary), Bess Flowers (arriving barbeque room patron), Robert Foulk (electric company worker), Bradford Hatton (police radio dispatcher), Tom Keene (Abbott, campaign manager), Nolan Leary (mine disaster spectator), George Magrill (electric company worker), Hank Mann (pedestrian outside newspaper office), Matt McHugh (waiter), Eddie Parks (Dudley, chef at the Barbeque Room), Hal Taggart (barber), Ray Teal (complaining electric company worker), Arthur Tovey (nightclub dancer)

 

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Sure, Marilyn Monroe is in this adventure. Allan Hale Jr, skipper on Gilligan's Island is in this adventure also, but I want to tell you about Speck Noblitt. Often when I search for an interesting story about one of the lesser known actors, I discover something amazing. When I studied this movie, I wondered about an actor that is only on screen for a minute or two of the movie, named Speck Noblitt. I discovered that this was the only known movie that he appeared in, and there seemed to be very little information about who this fellow really was. Of course, this only made me more curious, and this is what I discovered:

Speck Noblitt is a motorcycle policeman in this adventure who calls for help at the scene of a mine cave-in. Soon a bulldozer is beckoned from a construction job a few miles away.

Speck Noblitt started working with a carpenter when he was in the third grade. As an adult he set up housekeeping with his new wife in Seymour Indiana. After World War Two ended in 1945, new housing was in great demand for the soldiers returning from the war. Speck started a home construction company, and it is very likely that the bulldozers used in this story were part of his construction company. For his construction company Speck used his legal name, Harry Perry Mellencamp. For his only appearance in a motion picture, Harry Perry Mellencamp used his nickname ‘Speck’ and his wife’s maiden name, “Noblitt.”

Speck’s wife Laura was expecting a child when this movie premiered in the early summer of 1951, and the hard-working Speck probably relished the chance to earn extra money from a bit part in a movie. Laura Noblitt and her brothers and sisters were all musicians, playing guitars, violins, organ, and even harmonica. It would be natural for their son John to make a career in music, first as John Cougar, and then John Mellencamp. Now you know Speck. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr., Marilyn Monroe
Alan Hale Jr., Marilyn Monroe
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown
Barbara Brown, Marjorie Reynolds
Barbara Brown, Marjorie Reynolds
Bess Flowers
Bess Flowers
Bradford Hatton
Bradford Hatton
Byron Foulger
Byron Foulger
Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp, Alan Hale Jr.
Donald Crisp, Alan Hale Jr.
Eddie Parks
Eddie Parks
Eddie Parks, Matt McHugh, Alan Hale Jr.
Eddie Parks, Matt McHugh, Alan Hale Jr.
Eddie Parks, Matt McHugh
Eddie Parks, Matt McHugh
Griff Barnett
Griff Barnett
Hank Mann
Hank Mann
Harry Harvey
Harry Harvey
Harry Harvey, Alan Hale Jr.
Harry Harvey, Alan Hale Jr.
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara Brown
Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara Brown
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale Jr.
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Alan Hale Jr.
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Nelson Leigh
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Nelson Leigh
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp
Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp
Jeffrey Lynn, Griff Barnett
Jeffrey Lynn, Griff Barnett
Jeffrey Lynn, Marjorie Reynolds
Jeffrey Lynn, Marjorie Reynolds
Jeffrey Lynn, Melinda Case
Jeffrey Lynn, Melinda Case
Jeffrey Lynn, Ray Teal
Jeffrey Lynn, Ray Teal
Jeffrey Lynn, Renny McEvoy
Jeffrey Lynn, Renny McEvoy
Jeffrey Lynn, Speck Noblitt
Jeffrey Lynn, Speck Noblitt
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
Jeffrey Lynn
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe, Alan Hale Jr.
Marilyn Monroe, Alan Hale Jr.
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds, Barbara Brown
Marjorie Reynolds, Barbara Brown
Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Melinda Casey
Renny McEvoy
Renny McEvoy
Robert Foulk, Ray Teal
Robert Foulk, Ray Teal
Speck Noblitt
Speck Noblitt
Virginia Campbell
Virginia Campbell