Friday, 15 November 2013

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June Haver, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe
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  • Production Credits

  • Director - F. Hugh Herbert
  • Screenplay - F. Hugh Herbert
  • Source Material (from novel) - George Agnew Chamberlain
  • Producer - Walter Morosco
  • Photography - Ernest Palmer
  • Editor - Harmon Jones
  • Music Director - Cyril J. Mockridge
  • Composer (Music Score) - Cyril Mockridge
  • Art Director - Lyle Wheeler
  • Editor - Harmon Jones
George Agnew Chamberlain's book about determined farm boy in rural small town America training two prize-winning mules to drive; pretty soon, he and the two stubborn creatures are hauling out logs from the forest and making fifteen dollars a day, which irks the man he bought them from as well as his own evil step-brother. Director F. Hugh Herbert, who also adapted the screenplay, does a terrific job setting the mood of the piece--frisky but also angst-ridden. Lon McCallister is the polite juvenile battling with his father's crude wife and her son for his dad's respect, later butting heads with farmer Tom Tully (in a convincingly angry, blow-hard performance). Although this is ostensibly a simple tale of a boy's love for two mules, there's a lot of busy melodrama going on. The scenario isn't overly-folksy, and the villains (including Anne Revere, in her least-sympathetic role ever) are surprisingly effective. The romance sub-plot between Tully's blonde, beautiful daughter June Haver and skinny McCallister doesn't quite work as well (she seems a bit out of his league); thankfully, little Natalie Wood is around a lot, spying on her neighbors and getting all the juicy gossip. Good contract-picture from Fox has an undeserved poor reputation (with its title causing most of the derision), but I was entertained from start to finish. Look fast for Marilyn Monroe as 'Betty' on the church steps.
 


 

 
 






 

 
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