Village Barn Dance

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical, Romance

The town merchants are going broke, so Day decides to save her community by marrying rich industrialist Baldwin, who has promised to bring jobs to the area if she will do so. Itinerant engineer Cromwell, who has fallen hard for Day, is devastated by the news of the impending nuptials. With the townsfolk, he's been working up a radio program. On the eve...read more

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The town merchants are going broke, so Day decides to save her community by marrying rich industrialist Baldwin, who has promised to bring jobs to the area if she will do so. Itinerant engineer Cromwell, who has fallen hard for Day, is devastated by the news of the impending nuptials. With

the townsfolk, he's been working up a radio program. On the eve of the wedding, the news arrives that a large commercial sponsor has agreed to subsidize the broadcasting. Day deserts her intended at the altar and rejoins her true love Cromwell. This Day is not the eternal virgin who played in so

many frothy farces with actor Rock Hudson; that one made her first film in 1948 after a successful career as a big-band singer. The Day in this film had a very limited career, hindered as she was by a poor appearance in profile. (Nose jobs had yet to become popular, and Barbra Streisand hadn't

been born.) Many of the cast members were popular radio performers of the time; like other small studios, Republic tried to take advantage of their wide airwave exposure to boost the box office. Songs and musical numbers include "What Are Little Girls Made Of?" "When I Yoo Hoo in the Valley"

(Scotty Wiseman, John Lair, sung by Lulubelle and Scotty), "Howdy Neighbor" (Eddie Cherkose), "Hail to Lyndale" (Cherkose, Raoul Kraushaar), and "When the Circus Comes to Town," played--among other numbers--on toy instruments by The Kidoodlers.

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