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Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick(1952)

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According to the Variety review, Walter Benjamin Hare's play Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick was one of the most frequently performed plays in the history of American theater, but was staged primarily by amateur groups and stock companies. No official "opening date" has been found for the play. According to a November 1950 Variety news item, Paramount executive Y. Frank Freeman wanted to purchase the play for the studio as early as 1938, but could not interest anyone in it. Opera star Robert Merrill (1919-2004) made his feature film debut in the picture, which also marked the last major role of singer-actress Dinah Shore. Shore made cameo appearances in two films in the 1970s. In November 1951, she began her successful television career, with the NBC network program The Dinah Shore Show.
       Frank W. Bering and James A. Hart, who appear in the picture as hotel clerks, were the owners of the Sherman and Ambassador hotel chain. Hollywood Reporter news items add Bobby Lee and Frank Chalfant to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. According to a May 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item, Larry Adler was signed to provide harmonica background music for the film, but his contribution to the final film, if any, cannot be confirmed. The song "Marshmallow Moon" became a hit prior to the film's release.