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National Barn Dance (1944)

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76 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

Made at the time when the National Barn Dance program, on radio station WLS (for World's Largest Store and owned by Sears & Roebuck) in Chicago, was as big on a national scale listening audience as "The Grand Ole Opry" out of Nashville. ...See moreMade at the time when the National Barn Dance program, on radio station WLS (for World's Largest Store and owned by Sears & Roebuck) in Chicago, was as big on a national scale listening audience as "The Grand Ole Opry" out of Nashville. The film highlights the leading acts then performing on the program; comedian Pat Buttram (Pat Buttram), announcer Joe Kelly (Joe Kelly),(before his Quiz Kids stint), Lulubelle & Scotty (Scotty Wiseman and wife Myrtle Wiseman)), the Dinning Sisters trio, Arkie the Arkansas Wood Chooper (Luther W. Ossenbrink) and the Hoosier Hot Shots quartet, whose musical abilities and creativity were vastly underrated. The piffle of a story begins in the early days of radio (Calvin Coolidge was President) but otherwise seems to take place in 1944, which made things easier on the Art and Set directors. Agent John Berke (Charles Quigley) thinks advertising executive Mitcham (Robert Benchley) wants to put together a program of hillbilly performers---a term used until later years when Nashville went uptown and changed it to Country & Western---and hies himself down to a country town where Lulubelle (Myrtle Wiseman) & Scotty (Scott Wiseman) hold a barn dance in their barn every Saturday night featuring themselves and their farm hands, although it is not quite clear just what chores the Dinning Sisters perform. He signs all hands to a contract, brings them to Chicago and learns that Mitcham has no intentions of putting together such a program to be sponsored by the Garvey Soup Company owned by the Garveys (Charles Dingle and Mabel Paige). A bit of plot contrivance---a small bit--- changes all of that, and the National Barn Dance is born. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Lee Loeb (story and screenplay) | Hal Fimberg (story and screenplay)
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Updated Sep 24, 1944

Release date
Sep 24, 1944 (United States)

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49 cast members
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Charles Quigley
Johnny Burke Johnny Burke   See fewer
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Robert Benchley
J.B. Mitcham J.B. Mitcham   See fewer
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Mabel Paige
Mrs. Garvey Mrs. Garvey   See fewer
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Charles Dingle
Mr. Garvey Mr. Garvey   See fewer
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Pat Buttram
Pat Buttram Pat Buttram   See fewer
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Joe Kelly
Joe Kelly Joe Kelly   See fewer
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Myrtle Wiseman
Myrtle Wiseman (as Lulubelle) Myrtle Wiseman (as Lulubelle)   See fewer
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Scotty Wiseman
Scotty Wiseman (as Scotty) Scotty Wiseman (as Scotty)   See fewer
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The Dinning Sisters
Sister Singing Act Sister Singing Act   See fewer
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The Hoosier Hotshots
The Hoosier Hotshots The Hoosier Hotshots   See fewer
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Frank Kettering
Frank - Bass Fiddle Frank - Bass Fiddle   See fewer
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Paul Trietsch
Hezzie - Guitar Hezzie - Guitar   See fewer
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Charles Ward
Gabe - Clarinet & Tenor Gabe - Clarinet & Tenor   See fewer
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Ken Trietsch
Ken - Guitar Player Ken - Guitar Player   See fewer
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Luther W. Ossenbrink
Arkie (as Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper) Arkie (as Arkie the Arkansas Woodchopper)   See fewer
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National Barn Dance Troupe
Troupe Performers Troupe Performers   See fewer
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Oliver Blake
Gillespie (uncredited) Gillespie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Q. Bryan
Samson (uncredited) Samson (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Burns
Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited) Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tex Cooper
Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited) Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Desmond
Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited) Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ginger Dinning
Ginger Dinning (uncredited) Ginger Dinning (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jean Dinning
Jean Dinning (uncredited) Jean Dinning (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lou Dinning
Lou Dinning (uncredited) Lou Dinning (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fern Emmett
Farmer's Wife (uncredited) Farmer's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patricia Farr
Secretary (uncredited) Secretary (uncredited)   See fewer
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Betty Farrington
Woman at Barn Dance (uncredited) Woman at Barn Dance (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Faylen
Musical Team Member (uncredited) Musical Team Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mary Gordon
Mrs. Owen (uncredited) Mrs. Owen (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard Hickman
Mr. Hollander (uncredited) Mr. Hollander (uncredited)   See fewer
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Stan Johnson
Radio Man (uncredited) Radio Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Lechner
Elevator Boy (uncredited) Elevator Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilbur Mack
Barber (uncredited) Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Marsh
Man with Racing Form (uncredited) Man with Racing Form (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Millican
Radio Man (uncredited) Radio Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Mulhall
Radio Man (uncredited) Radio Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Constance Purdy
Opera Singer (uncredited) Opera Singer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ronald R. Rondell
Radio Man (uncredited) Radio Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Albert Ruiz
Masher (uncredited) Masher (uncredited)   See fewer
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Fred Sanborn
Xylophonist (uncredited) Xylophonist (uncredited)   See fewer
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Syd Saylor
Man Doing Breathing Exercises on Street (uncredited) Man Doing Breathing Exercises on Street (uncredited)   See fewer
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Steve Wayne
Performer (uncredited) Performer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Doodles Weaver
Musical Team Member (uncredited) Musical Team Member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pat West
Farmer (uncredited) Farmer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Max Willenz
Nick (uncredited) Nick (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ian Wolfe
Minister (uncredited) Minister (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hank Worden
Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited) Farmer at Barn Dance (uncredited)   See fewer
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6 / 10 | 6 votes