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Home in Indiana(1944)

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  • home in indiana

    • kevin sellers
    • 9/5/16

    The best thing you can say about this film is that it's not as sentimental as it could have been. However, it's still a soft, mushy kind of movie that sedulously avoids tension and conflict as if those two concepts were akin to a horse's busted ankle. For example, there is no dramatic scene, let alone confrontation, between Walter Brennan and Charles Dingle who play rival horse trainer/owners, even though Dingle and Brennan have been violently estranged for years and are now going head to head in a harness racing derby. Another example of this film's overall placidity is that the protagonist Sparke is said to be a rebellious delinquent but as written by Winston Miller and played by Lon McCallister Sparke makes Andy Hardy look like a character from "Hot Rods To Hell." About the only conflict in this film is the not very exciting inner one going through Sparke's head, "Who should I marry? Jeanne Crain or June Haver?" (I will say, parenthetically, that Haver is fairly hot as a sexually aggressive rich girl.) As for outer conflict you have one fight between Sparke and a dirty harness racer and it takes place offscreen! And the scene where Brennan whips Sparke is over with and reconciled in an eye blink, as if the film makers were worried that this movie might actually encroach on "disturbing" territory. And we don't want that! All in all pretty sedate stuff from a decent action director like Henry Hathaway. Guess he was saving his energy for "Kiss Of Death" and "Call Northside 777." And speaking of low energy there's a reason harness racing, the subject of this film, is less popular than horse racing. IT'S DULL AS DULCOLAX! Give it a C. P.S. Horrible, syrupy, cheesy, intrusive score by Hugo Friedhofer. Makes you push the mute button during the (non) action scenes.

  • Home in Indiana

    • mc hauer
    • 12/28/13

    I have just read synopsis of this movie. I am anxious to see it. When will it be on TCM? I would love to make a collection of these kinds of movies on DVD to share with family and friends. They are mostly family friendly and that alone puts them at the top of my list in light of the movies that come to the cinemas today.

  • Home in Indiana

    • Craig McWhorter
    • 1/23/11

    "Home In Indiana" is one of the excellent Walter Brennan horse racing films along with "Kentucky" and "Maryland", which much to our very great disappointment TCM has never brought to DVD. These were all wonderful old films!

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    • Debbie Crawford
    • 2/26/07

    Why dont you guys just send me the ok so that I can send you a list of movies that you should show on TCM and the ones that should be put on DVD. Why dont you play this movie, I had to see it on FOX movie channel, I thought you all were the KINGS OF the Classic movies?

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