Lay That Rifle Down (July 7, 1955)
Released on July 7, 1955: A crazy, comical, twisted Cinderella story set in small town America in the good old days of 1955.
Directed by Charles Lamont
Written by Barry Shipman.
The Actors: Judy Canova (Judy Canova), Robert Lowery (Nick Stokes, aka Poindexter March III), Jil Jarmyn (Betty Greeb), Jacqueline deWit (Aunt Sarah Greeb), Richard Deacon (Glover Speckleton, banker), Robert Burton (General Ballard), James Bell (Mr. Fletcher), Leon Tyler (Horace Speckleton), Tweeny Canova (Tweeny Greeb), Marjorie Bennett (Mrs. Speckleton), Paul E. Burns (Mr. Gribble), Edmund Cobb (Sheriff Cushing), William Fawcett (Wurpie, bank teller), Mimi Gibson (Terry Fletcher), Rudy Lee (Billy Fletcher), Donald MacDonald (Johnny Fletcher), Pierre Watkin (Mr. Coswell).
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When I was a young kid, you could always tell when the party was a big deal by the crepe paper. I haven't seen crepe paper in many years . . . does it still exist, and what is it used for today? Back in the day, I'd watch big sister Carol and her friends dress up a room in preparation for a party. If it was a really big party, she would double up the long ribbons of colorful crepe paper. She would put a bright red ribbon next to a vibrant blue ribbon. A piece of tape would anchor the two strips of ribbon to a corner of the ceiling. Then she would deftly unwind both reels of ribbon as she moved to the opposite corner of the room, twisting the two strips of ribbon as she walked. It would create a twisted blaze of color across the room as she anchored the other end. This would be repeated around the room until it created a canopy of color overhead, much like the birthday celebration for Judy Canova in one of the opening scenes of this amazing adventure.
Judy Canova became famous as a Vaudeville comedienne who yodeled, sang, played guitar and acted like a country bumpkin fool on small theater stages across America. In 1931 Rudy Vallee offered her a spot on his popular radio show, The Fleischmann Hour, and her popularity took off nationally. She appeared in over 40 motion pictures and television shows before her death in 1983 at the age of 69. If you are in need of an hour of funny, pleasant, small town humor and adventure, pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter and get ready for one of the happiest hours you'll find today . . . and don't lay that rifle down, because it will save the day when the end is near!
Jacqueline deWit and Richard Deacon
Jil Jarmyn, Jacqueline deWit and Leonard Tyler
Jil Jarmyn, Leon Tyler, Tweeny Canova and Jacqueline deWit
Judy Canova in 1955
Judy Canova and James Bell
Judy Canova and Pierre Watkin
Judy Canova and Robert Burton
Judy Canova and Robert Lowery
Judy Canova in Lay That Rifle Down
Judy Canova trips on a roller skate and spills all of the food.
Paul E. Burns
Richard Deacon and Robert Burton
Richard Deacon lighting his cigar
Robert Burton and Judy Canova
Robert Burton and Robert Lowery
Robert Burton and William Fawcett
Robert Lowery and Robert Burton
Robert Lowery at a dinner party
Tweeny Canova and Jil Jarmyn