Down on the Farm (1938)

61 mins | Comedy | 16 December 1938

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HISTORY

The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. The working title of this film was Corn on the Cob , which was the title of Homer Croy's original story. The trade paper billing sheet states that the film was based on original stories by Croy, Frank Fenton and Lynn Root. This was the first in the "Jones Family" series in which Shirley Deane, who in earlier entries had played the role of the "Jones's" married daughter "Bonnie," did not appear. Var notes that James Gleason, who played "Bonnie's" husband, "Herbert Thompson," appeared only briefly in this film. Gleason did not appear in any of the subsequent "Jones Family" films, as he had begun starring in Republic's "Higgins Family" series with his father James and mother Lucille. This was Dorris Bowdon's first film. For more information concerning the "Jones Family" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Every Saturday Night ... More Less

The plot summary was based on a screen continuity in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library. The working title of this film was Corn on the Cob , which was the title of Homer Croy's original story. The trade paper billing sheet states that the film was based on original stories by Croy, Frank Fenton and Lynn Root. This was the first in the "Jones Family" series in which Shirley Deane, who in earlier entries had played the role of the "Jones's" married daughter "Bonnie," did not appear. Var notes that James Gleason, who played "Bonnie's" husband, "Herbert Thompson," appeared only briefly in this film. Gleason did not appear in any of the subsequent "Jones Family" films, as he had begun starring in Republic's "Higgins Family" series with his father James and mother Lucille. This was Dorris Bowdon's first film. For more information concerning the "Jones Family" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry above for Every Saturday Night . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
15-Oct-38
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Daily Variety
7 Oct 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Oct 38
p. 6.
Film Daily
6 Jan 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 38
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Oct 38
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
15 Oct 38
p. 37.
Variety
12 Oct 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
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MUSIC
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LITERARY
Based on characters created by Katharine Kavanaugh.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Corn on the Cob
Release Date:
16 December 1938
Production Date:
mid August--late August or early September 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
16 December 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8887
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,530
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4647
SYNOPSIS

As John Jones and his son Roger tinker in their basement, a ball of smoke from their activity drifts up into the house. Jones's daughter Lucy calls the fire department, who promptly devastate the house. Jones decides that the time has come for a vacation, and the family packs into the car to head for their Aunt Ida's farm, where they have been invited to spend a week. That night, Jones and Ida's husband, Cyrus Sampson, get drunk in a shack, as Jones boasts of winning the state cornhusking championship years ago. The next morning, Jones's son Jack drives a tractor through a fence, which allows neighbor Tessie Moody's calf to escape. Jack offers to help find the stray calf and ends up kissing Tessie. Otto Hofferkamp sees them kissing and warns Jack to stay away from "his" girl. When a neighbor, Mr. Wheeler, wants to have a cornhusking contest in Ida's fields, she agrees. Jones feels that he is too old to enter, but he offers to coach Cy. After Jones calls his son-in-law, Herbert Thompson, and tells him about the contest, Herbert gets mixed up and tells the town that Jones himself will compete. When Jones discovers that he's been chosen to run for senator against the Garvey organization candidate, partly because of his showing in the husking contest, Jones informs his "supporters" of their mistake just as Cy arrives with a broken thumb. Jones then decides to enter the contest and begins intensive training. Politician Garvey is worried about Jones's senatorial bid, as he wants another politician elected, so he orders his henchmen, Marvin and Coleman, to prevent ... +


As John Jones and his son Roger tinker in their basement, a ball of smoke from their activity drifts up into the house. Jones's daughter Lucy calls the fire department, who promptly devastate the house. Jones decides that the time has come for a vacation, and the family packs into the car to head for their Aunt Ida's farm, where they have been invited to spend a week. That night, Jones and Ida's husband, Cyrus Sampson, get drunk in a shack, as Jones boasts of winning the state cornhusking championship years ago. The next morning, Jones's son Jack drives a tractor through a fence, which allows neighbor Tessie Moody's calf to escape. Jack offers to help find the stray calf and ends up kissing Tessie. Otto Hofferkamp sees them kissing and warns Jack to stay away from "his" girl. When a neighbor, Mr. Wheeler, wants to have a cornhusking contest in Ida's fields, she agrees. Jones feels that he is too old to enter, but he offers to coach Cy. After Jones calls his son-in-law, Herbert Thompson, and tells him about the contest, Herbert gets mixed up and tells the town that Jones himself will compete. When Jones discovers that he's been chosen to run for senator against the Garvey organization candidate, partly because of his showing in the husking contest, Jones informs his "supporters" of their mistake just as Cy arrives with a broken thumb. Jones then decides to enter the contest and begins intensive training. Politician Garvey is worried about Jones's senatorial bid, as he wants another politician elected, so he orders his henchmen, Marvin and Coleman, to prevent Jones from winning the contest. The men try to bribe Jones with a position as state coroner, but they are driven off the farm by Aunt Ida, wielding a shotgun. By the day of the contest, the farm has been converted to a carnival, and men employed by Garvey are taking two-to-one bets against Jones from people who are wagering hundreds of dollars. Jones is kidnapped and taken to Cucamonga Gulch. Emma Moody, Tessie's little sister, overhears and rushes to tell Roger, but she can't remember the name of the place where Jones is held. Roger buys her food and drink and takes her on all the fair rides to jog her memory, to no avail. She then asks Roger to kiss her, and he replies that she must be "cuckoo", which causes her to remember Cucamonga Gulch. The two borrow ponies and ride to the rescue, and they free Jones just in time to start the contest and calm down the angry mob of bettors. The shucking is fast and furious, and when Jones calls out for water, Cy gives him corn whiskey. Otto is in the lead, but Bobby Jones shoots Otto's horses with a bean-shooter, causing them to rear. Another sip of whiskey keeps Jones going, but all appears lost until Emma cuts Otto's suspenders with pruning shears, giving Jones the victory. Garvey's hoods try to escape without paying off the bets, but an angry mob catches them. With Jones's bid for the senate seemingly secure, all are happy and Emma finally gets a kiss from Roger. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Domestic, Rural


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AFI Life Achievement Award

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