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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)

G
110 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, ...See moreThe Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties). Written by Manus Hand See less
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Writers
Lowell S. Hawley (screen story) (screenplay) | Laura Bower Van Nuys (book)
Cinematographer
Frank V. Phillips (as Frank Phillips)
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Release date
Mar 21, 1968 (United States)

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40 cast members
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Walter Brennan
Grandpa Bower Grandpa Bower   See fewer
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Buddy Ebsen
Calvin Bower Calvin Bower   See fewer
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Lesley Ann Warren
Alice Bower Alice Bower   See fewer
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John Davidson
Joe Carder Joe Carder   See fewer
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Janet Blair
Katie Bower Katie Bower   See fewer
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Kurt Russell
Sidney Bower Sidney Bower   See fewer
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Bobby Riha
Mayo Bower Mayo Bower   See fewer
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Jon Walmsley
Quinn Bower Quinn Bower   See fewer
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Smith Wordes
Nettie Bower (as Smitty Wordes) Nettie Bower (as Smitty Wordes)   See fewer
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Heidi Rook
Rose Bower Rose Bower   See fewer
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Debbie Smith
Lulu Bower Lulu Bower   See fewer
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Pamelyn Ferdin
Laura Bower Laura Bower   See fewer
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Wally Cox
Mr. Wampler Mr. Wampler   See fewer
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Richard Deacon
Charlie Wrenn Charlie Wrenn   See fewer
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Steve Harmon
Ernie Stubbins Ernie Stubbins   See fewer
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Goldie Hawn
Giggly Girl (as Goldie Jeanne Hawn) Giggly Girl (as Goldie Jeanne Hawn)   See fewer
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John Craig
Frank Frank   See fewer
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Jonathan Kidd
Telegrapher Telegrapher   See fewer
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Don Ames
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Larry J. Blake
First Outspoken Man (uncredited) First Outspoken Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bill Coontz
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Ben Frommer
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Rudy Germane
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Hank Jones
Town Delivery Boy (uncredited) Town Delivery Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard LaMarr
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Tex Lambert
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Kenneth MacDonald
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Philo McCullough
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Charles McQuary
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Norman Palmer
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Butch Patrick
Johnny (uncredited) Johnny (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Renaday
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Stephen Roberts
Second Outspoken Man (uncredited) Second Outspoken Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Roy
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Andrea Sacino
Edna (uncredited) Edna (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cosmo Sardo
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Jack Tornek
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Jerry Trent
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marc Winters
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William Woodson
Henry White (uncredited) Henry White (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.5 / 10 | 735 votes