The Old Homestead (1935)

71 or 73 mins | Musical | 10 August 1935

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HISTORY

John Russell Corvell's novel was based on the play The Old Homestead by Denman Thompson (Boston, 5 Apr 1886). HR production charts include Lorraine Bridges and Sally Sweet in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Denman Thompson's play was first filmed by Paramount in 1915, in a version directed by James Kirkwood and starring Frank Losee and Creighton Hale. James Cruze directed a 1922 Famous Players-Lasky version, which starred Theodore Roberts and George Fawcett. Both pictures were entitled The Old Homestead (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.3219 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

John Russell Corvell's novel was based on the play The Old Homestead by Denman Thompson (Boston, 5 Apr 1886). HR production charts include Lorraine Bridges and Sally Sweet in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Denman Thompson's play was first filmed by Paramount in 1915, in a version directed by James Kirkwood and starring Frank Losee and Creighton Hale. James Cruze directed a 1922 Famous Players-Lasky version, which starred Theodore Roberts and George Fawcett. Both pictures were entitled The Old Homestead (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 ; F1.3219 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.3946). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Jul 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Oct 35
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 35
p. 8, 11
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 35
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 35
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
23 Jul 35
p. 24.
Variety
9 Oct 35
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
Story, cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
Mus arr
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Denman Thompson's The Old Homestead by John Russell Corvell (New York, 1889).
SONGS
"Moonlight in Heaven," words and music by John T. Scholl and Louis Alter
"Plow Boy," words and music by J. Keirn Brennan and Ted Snyder
"Love Me Ever," words and music by George Waggner, Howard Jackson and Jack Bennett
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SONGS
"Moonlight in Heaven," words and music by John T. Scholl and Louis Alter
"Plow Boy," words and music by J. Keirn Brennan and Ted Snyder
"Love Me Ever," words and music by George Waggner, Howard Jackson and Jack Bennett
"Somehow I Knew," words and music by Harry Tobias, Neil Moret and Charles Rosoff
"Harlem Nasty Man," words and music by George Waggner and Howard Jackson
"Old Age Pension," words and music by Manny Stone
other songs and music by Sons of the Pioneers.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 August 1935
Production Date:
mid February 1935 at RKO Pathé Studios
Copyright Claimant:
Liberty Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 June 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5623
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
71 or 73
Length(in feet):
6,933
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
762
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

On a farm in Missouri, Nancy Abbott tries to convince her boyfriend, Bob Shackleforth, to pursue a singing career. Bob lacks ambition, however, and prefers to remain on the farm, where he harmonizes with his friend Lem and four other of his uncle Jed's hired hands. Nancy secretly contacts radio station owner Wertheimer, who comes to hear the boys sing. Wertheimer hires Bob, Lem and the boys, and agrees to let Uncle Jed act as their announcer. Nancy travels with the men to New York City, where "Uncle Jed and His Six Country Chaps" soon make their first broadcast on "The Old Homestead Program." In attendance are famed bandleader Rudy Nash and his singer, Elsie Wilson, who is angered by the attention Rudy pays to Nancy. After the broadcast, Bob and the others leave while Nancy listens to Rudy's show. Lem and the boys sneak out for a night on the town and go to a nightclub managed by a woman named Peggy. The boys are a hit when they sing at the club, and Nancy, who has arrived with Rudy, negotiates a deal with the owner, Mr. Lamar, for the group to perform there. Nancy then returns to the hotel, where she is met by a jealous Bob. The couple argue and do not speak to each other the next morning when Lamar arrives with the contract for the group. Nancy also arranges for the services of J. Wilberforce Platt, Rudy's press agent, and Platt's endeavors soon turn Bob into a celebrity. The sudden fame goes to Bob's head, especially once he is given his own radio program. ... +


On a farm in Missouri, Nancy Abbott tries to convince her boyfriend, Bob Shackleforth, to pursue a singing career. Bob lacks ambition, however, and prefers to remain on the farm, where he harmonizes with his friend Lem and four other of his uncle Jed's hired hands. Nancy secretly contacts radio station owner Wertheimer, who comes to hear the boys sing. Wertheimer hires Bob, Lem and the boys, and agrees to let Uncle Jed act as their announcer. Nancy travels with the men to New York City, where "Uncle Jed and His Six Country Chaps" soon make their first broadcast on "The Old Homestead Program." In attendance are famed bandleader Rudy Nash and his singer, Elsie Wilson, who is angered by the attention Rudy pays to Nancy. After the broadcast, Bob and the others leave while Nancy listens to Rudy's show. Lem and the boys sneak out for a night on the town and go to a nightclub managed by a woman named Peggy. The boys are a hit when they sing at the club, and Nancy, who has arrived with Rudy, negotiates a deal with the owner, Mr. Lamar, for the group to perform there. Nancy then returns to the hotel, where she is met by a jealous Bob. The couple argue and do not speak to each other the next morning when Lamar arrives with the contract for the group. Nancy also arranges for the services of J. Wilberforce Platt, Rudy's press agent, and Platt's endeavors soon turn Bob into a celebrity. The sudden fame goes to Bob's head, especially once he is given his own radio program. Meanwhile, Lem and the boys tire of city life, and after three weeks, they wish they could go home. They also worry about Jed, who has been dating Peggy. The boys fear that Peggy is a gold digger, but when they confront Jed with their concerns, he assures them that he does not care if his pleasant times with her cost a little money. Wertheimer complains to Nancy about Bob, who has been repeatedly late for his broadcasts due to his new egotism and partying with Elsie. Rudy asks Nancy to marry him, but she gently turns him down, while Jed has his own romantic difficulties when Peggy mistakes a birthday present he gives her for an engagement ring. Nancy tells Peggy that Jed is not serious about her, and Peggy returns the ring even though she does love Jed. Nancy must then rescue Bob as he is confronted by Elsie's husband, about whom Bob did not know. Bob is late again for his broadcast, and after he is fired, Nancy castigates him for his laxity and ingratitude. Later, Jed and Peggy arrive at the nightclub and happily announce that they have been married. Wertheimer agrees to let the group broadcast from their farm, and they return home, even though Bob has disappeared. During their first broadcast from home, the group is singing Bob's theme song, when he suddenly appears. Bob joins in the singing and then embraces Nancy. +

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