I'm from Missouri (1939)

77 mins | Comedy-drama | 7 April 1939

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Although onscreen credits list Gene Lockhart's character as "Porgie Rowe", he is called "George Rowe" in the film. A HR production chart includes Barry Mackay in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been ... More Less

Although onscreen credits list Gene Lockhart's character as "Porgie Rowe", he is called "George Rowe" in the film. A HR production chart includes Barry Mackay in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Mar 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Mar 39
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Nov 38
pp. 6-7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Mar 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
20 Mar 39
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
31 Dec 38
p. 41.
New York Times
23 Mar 39
p. 27.
Variety
22 Mar 39
p. 20.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Martin Faust
Tiny Newlan
Sid D'Albrook
Billy Arnold
Phillip Warren
Judy King
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
Contr to scr const
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Int dec
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novels Sixteen Hands by Homer Croy (New York, 1938) and Need of Change by Julian Street (New York, 1909).
DETAILS
Release Date:
7 April 1939
Production Date:
began mid November 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 April 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8766
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4908
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

The state of Missouri enjoys a boon when the British war office boosts the mule market with huge contracts. Following the boon, however, the Missouri mule farmers suffer a depression, at the height of which bank director "Sweeney" Bliss is offered only ten dollars for his prize mule, Samson. In an effort to save the local farms, Sweeney forbids the farmers to sell their mules at such low prices and agrees to keep them at his ranch. That night, in the middle of Sweeney's wife Julie's party, a British couple, the Arthurs, are forced to land their plane in the Blisses' field, where they get stuck in the mud. Sweeney proudly pulls the plane out of the mud using Samson and gives the Arthurs their first taste of "real" America. Julie's sister, Lola Pike, meanwhile, dances with her sweetheart, Joel Streight, who has learned that Captain Brooks-Bowen of the British Embassy will be at the upcoming stock show in Kansas City to appraise the mules. During the party, Sweeney flies off with Samson to the fair, and Joel drives Julie and Lola to meet them. Brooks-Bowen, impressed when Samson unofficially breaks the world record for pulling weight, invites the Blisses to dinner, and Julie is sure the captain has his eyes on Lola. Also at the fair is American tractor magnate George Rowe, who is determined to thwart Sweeney's efforts. Brooks-Bowen invites Sweeney to London to act as representative of the American mule market. Because of a livestock quarantine, Sweeney and Samson must stay behind, while Julie and Lola travel to England on The Queen Mary . In Sweeney's absence, ... +


The state of Missouri enjoys a boon when the British war office boosts the mule market with huge contracts. Following the boon, however, the Missouri mule farmers suffer a depression, at the height of which bank director "Sweeney" Bliss is offered only ten dollars for his prize mule, Samson. In an effort to save the local farms, Sweeney forbids the farmers to sell their mules at such low prices and agrees to keep them at his ranch. That night, in the middle of Sweeney's wife Julie's party, a British couple, the Arthurs, are forced to land their plane in the Blisses' field, where they get stuck in the mud. Sweeney proudly pulls the plane out of the mud using Samson and gives the Arthurs their first taste of "real" America. Julie's sister, Lola Pike, meanwhile, dances with her sweetheart, Joel Streight, who has learned that Captain Brooks-Bowen of the British Embassy will be at the upcoming stock show in Kansas City to appraise the mules. During the party, Sweeney flies off with Samson to the fair, and Joel drives Julie and Lola to meet them. Brooks-Bowen, impressed when Samson unofficially breaks the world record for pulling weight, invites the Blisses to dinner, and Julie is sure the captain has his eyes on Lola. Also at the fair is American tractor magnate George Rowe, who is determined to thwart Sweeney's efforts. Brooks-Bowen invites Sweeney to London to act as representative of the American mule market. Because of a livestock quarantine, Sweeney and Samson must stay behind, while Julie and Lola travel to England on The Queen Mary . In Sweeney's absence, Julie becomes obsessed with being accepted into London high society and spends the family's savings on a home complete with valet, cook and social secretary. Julie's plan is to host a reception to impress Brooks-Bowen so he will propose to Lola. Sweeney arrives and creates a scandal when he inadvertently leads Samson through a Turkish bath in the fog and makes newspaper headlines after he is arrested. Hector Arthur sees the papers and calls Sweeney to congratulate him, and Sweeney invites him to the party. Julie, enraged over the mule incident, scolds Sweeney for inviting the Arthurs, believing they are underclass. In actuality, they are the Duke and Duchess of Cricklewood. Meanwhile, Sweeney has hired Gus, an old vaudeville friend to impersonate American General Cody Starbuck at the reception. Julie wants the general there to impress Colonel Marchbank, who is negotiating with Rowe for tractors. Gus gets drunk, however, and gets in a row with the valet, Hearne, over his wife Kitty, the cook, and all the guests leave, including Marchbank. Joel, meanwhile, arrives with news that the Missouri farmers believe Sweeney has abandoned them for London society and have sent 2,000 mules to London for him to dispose of, unaware that they will be quarantined for six months at the owners' expense. When the Arthurs arrive with their aristocratic friends, Julie believes their titles are another of Sweeney's pranks. When she realizes she could have been accepted into society months before if she had been less of a snob, Julie apologizes to Sweeney and suggests they sell their farm. The next morning, the papers report that a fatal disease in India is killing mules by the hundreds. Rowe, who had promised Marchbank a large mule delivery, is forced to bid for Sweeney's mules, and with Hector's help, Sweeney receives $150 a head. Marchbank then arrives and catches Rowe in his own duplicity. Sweeney offers Marchbank the mules at $100 a piece, plus a guarantee he will buy all his mules from Missouri. The Blisses then board the boat for home with Joel and Lola, who have just married. +

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