Driftwood (1947)

88-90 mins | Drama | 15 September 1947

Director:

Allan Dwan

Producer:

Allan Dwan

Cinematographer:

John Alton

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to a pre-production HR news item, Arnold Pressburger was originally scheduled to produce this film. HR also noted that Leonide Moguy was set to direct the picture and that Mary Loos and Richard Sale wrote an unpublished novel called Heaven for Jenny , on which their screen story was ... More Less

According to a pre-production HR news item, Arnold Pressburger was originally scheduled to produce this film. HR also noted that Leonide Moguy was set to direct the picture and that Mary Loos and Richard Sale wrote an unpublished novel called Heaven for Jenny , on which their screen story was based. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15 Nov 1947.
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Daily Variety
31 Oct 47
p. 3.
Film Daily
6 Nov 47
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 1946.
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Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
7 Jun 47
p. 39.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
8 Nov 1947.
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Variety
5 Nov 47
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 September 1947
Production Date:
mid May--early June 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 September 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1218
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88-90
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12537
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

At a church in Bullfrog Springs, Nevada, young Jenny Hollingsworth weeps as her grandfather and sole guardian, a frail country reverend, dies of old age. When night falls, a plane from the nearby flight academy crashes, and a collie that was traveling on the plane befriends Jenny. When Dr. Steve Webster discovers Jenny with the dog, which she has named "Hollingsworth," he decides to take her to Sheriff Bolton. The sheriff asks Steve to look after Jenny until arrangements can be made for her to stay with another reverend. At Steve's house, Jenny hides an identification card which she found near the crash site. Later, as Murph, the local pharmacist, gives Jenny a bath, he tells her that Susan's aunt Mathilda has waited thirty years for her lover, Wilbur Brown, to return. The sheriff calls to say that the reverend who was to take her in has also died, so Steve decides to leave Jenny with his sweetheart, a schoolteacher named Susan Moore. At Susan's house, Steve becomes jealous of Mayor Snyder, who, she says, wants to marry her. Despite his feelings, Steve tells Susan that he will leave for a position at the Field Institute in San Francisco as soon as he receives his acceptance letter. When Jenny meets Mathilda, she inadvertently upsets her when she repeats what Murph has told her about Wilbur. Steve takes Jenny to Judge Beckett, who is also a tailor, and offers tonsillectomies for all three of his sons in exchange for one dress for Jenny. When Mathilda complains to Murph about his comment to Jenny, he explains that he meant he had been waiting thirty ... +


At a church in Bullfrog Springs, Nevada, young Jenny Hollingsworth weeps as her grandfather and sole guardian, a frail country reverend, dies of old age. When night falls, a plane from the nearby flight academy crashes, and a collie that was traveling on the plane befriends Jenny. When Dr. Steve Webster discovers Jenny with the dog, which she has named "Hollingsworth," he decides to take her to Sheriff Bolton. The sheriff asks Steve to look after Jenny until arrangements can be made for her to stay with another reverend. At Steve's house, Jenny hides an identification card which she found near the crash site. Later, as Murph, the local pharmacist, gives Jenny a bath, he tells her that Susan's aunt Mathilda has waited thirty years for her lover, Wilbur Brown, to return. The sheriff calls to say that the reverend who was to take her in has also died, so Steve decides to leave Jenny with his sweetheart, a schoolteacher named Susan Moore. At Susan's house, Steve becomes jealous of Mayor Snyder, who, she says, wants to marry her. Despite his feelings, Steve tells Susan that he will leave for a position at the Field Institute in San Francisco as soon as he receives his acceptance letter. When Jenny meets Mathilda, she inadvertently upsets her when she repeats what Murph has told her about Wilbur. Steve takes Jenny to Judge Beckett, who is also a tailor, and offers tonsillectomies for all three of his sons in exchange for one dress for Jenny. When Mathilda complains to Murph about his comment to Jenny, he explains that he meant he had been waiting thirty years for her. Outside Steve's house, the mayor's son Lester teases Jenny, and Hollingsworth lunges at him. Later, at his home, Steve prepares to vaccinate Jenny against Rocky Mountain spotted fever when he is distracted by the mayor, who has come to complain about the attack on his son. Soon after, Steve's acceptance letter arrives, and Jenny hides it, afraid that he will leave her. When the sheriff comes to take Hollingsworth, Jenny sets the dog free, and is bitten by one of Steve's experimental, infected ticks. The mayor decides to prosecute Hollingsworth for allegedly biting his son, and the judge rules to have the dog destroyed, but when Murph examines the boy, he fails to find a bite mark. Back at Steve's, Jenny shows him the identification card she has hidden. Later, when Clem Perkins' son Blaine contracts spotted fever, the whole town lines up for vaccinations. Meanwhile, Jenny breaks into the jail and frees Hollingsworth. When Steve learns that the downed academy plane had been carrying a dog to be used in experiments conducted by Dr. Nicholas Adams, he realizes that the dog is Hollingsworth. After Jenny falls ill, Steve contacts Dr. Adams, who is also working on a cure for spotted fever. Dr. Adams explains how to make a serum using the dog's blood, which saves Jenny's life. When the Institute learns about the serum, Steve receives a $5,000 grant to continue his research, but decides to stay to rear Jenny with Susan. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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