Country Fair


1h 14m 1941

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 24, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Film Length
6,667ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Fast-talking Johnny Campbell works hard as the campaign manager of gubernatorial hopeful Stogie McPhee and uses his verbal talents to persuade Pepper Wilson to marry him if McPhee wins. Pepper is uncertain of Johnny's true character, however, and begins campaigning for McPhee's rival, Gildersleeve, whom she hopes to get elected and thereby nullify her promise to Johnny. The campaign progresses at a furious pace, but the candidates soon realize that they must obtain the support of rural Potts County in order to win. The candidates and their managers travel to Pottsville, the county seat, and arrive in the midst of the county fair celebrations. The local citizens, who abhor politicians, are much more interested in the fair and in the town belle, Lulubelle Tinkle, who is the girl friend of mayor and blacksmith Gunther Potts, than they are in the candidates. Desperate to win both the election and Pepper, Johnny hits upon the scheme to convince Lulubelle and the townsfolk that Lulubelle is McPhee's long-lost daughter, who was kidnapped by gypsies as an infant. The stunt backfires, however, for McPhee has been pontificating about the benefits of his bachelor status. Certain that he is going to lose the election, McPhee makes a deal with Cash Nichols, a tough gangster, who promises to give him a cut of the money he intends to bet on Gildersleeve's victory. McPhee's running mate, Cornelius Simpson, has dropped out of the race, and when Gunther decides to replace him, despite the trick Johnny played on Lulubelle, it suddenly appears as if McPhee will win. McPhee is flabbergasted when he does indeed win the election, and in order to avoid Nichols' vengeful goons, he slips out of town. After Gunther takes over as governor, he is reunited with Lulubelle and uses his new powers to ensure Potts County a new fairgrounds. Meanwhile, Pepper is finally convinced of Johnny's sincerity and agrees to marry him.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 24, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 14m
Film Length
6,667ft (8 reels)

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Notes

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Smiley Burnette was originally scheduled to play the male lead in this picture, which would have been his "first star role." Burnette was forced to drop out, however, due to the large budget increase and increased priority of Down Mexico Way, a 1941 Republic film in which he appeared with his frequent co-star, Gene Autry (see below). Another Hollywood Reporter news item includes Donald McBride in the cast, but his appearance in the completed film is unlikely. According to information in the file on the film in the MPPA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen Office rejected the film's February 28, 1941 script because of references to the illegitimacy of "Lulubelle Tinkle." In mid-March 1941, the Breen office approved a revised script, but again requested that scenes containing references to illegitimacy "be eliminated."