Hit the Hay


1h 15m 1945

Film Details

Also Known As
Hayfoot, Strawfoot
Release Date
Nov 29, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

After opera patron J. Bellingham Parks refuses to donate any more money to his local opera because of a steep decline in profits, managing director Roger Barton reminisces about the days when the audience flocked to see singing star Madge Stevens. Later, when Roger's son and assistant Ted goes to lunch at the farmers' market, he hears hillbilly Judy Stevens singing an aria while milking a cow. Judy explains to Ted that Madge Stevens was her mother and that she was reared by her uncle on a farm in Tennessee while her mother toured the world. Impressed by Judy's singing, Ted hires her to star in the opera and Parks agrees to finance the production. Deciding to exploit Judy's farm background, Ted asks his sweetheart, reporter Sally Mansfield, to write a feature about his discovery of Judy. At a party held in Judy's honor, Mimi Valdez, the star singer in the company, queries Parks's admiring secretary Wilbur Whittlesey about her rival and discovers that Judy's experience is limited to serenading cows. Opera tenor Mario Alvini is appointed to coach the ungainly Judy, and when she fails to shed her awkwardness, he becomes frustrated. Knowing that the audience will reject Judy's clumsiness, Ted arranges for Helen Rand, an actress who resembles Judy, to act the role onstage while Judy sings from backstage. On opening night, Mimi threatens to expose Judy unless she is given the lead role. To silence Mimi, Ted locks her in a closet, but she escapes, so he puts alum in her throat spray, causing her mouth to glue shut. Under the pretext of sending her to a specialist, Ted hails a cab for Mimi and Wilbur and then directs the driver to a justice of the peace's office in the distant countryside. Ted's ruse is a success, and Judy is lauded by both the audience and the critics. The next day, Mimi and Wilbur return and announce that they are married. Ted, feeling guilty about his deception, confesses the truth to Sally, who threatens to write an expose. Feeling culpable herself, Judy visits Sally at the newspaper office and discovers that the reporter's love for Ted has prevented her from printing the truth. Sally's praise of Judy's comedic gifts gives Judy an idea, and she insists that she be allowed to perform in her own style. The next week, Judy opens in "Tillie Tell," a "swing-comedy" opera, and wins over her incredulous audience. After the curtain falls, Judy hooks Mario to a rope and hoists him into the air, holding him there until he promises to marry her.

Film Details

Also Known As
Hayfoot, Strawfoot
Release Date
Nov 29, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Film Length
7 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Hayfoot, Strawfoot. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, actress Judy Canova's sister, Ann Canova, was signed to arrange musical numbers for her sister, but the extent of her contribution to the released film has not been determined.