Hoosier Holiday


1h 12m 1943

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 13, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,456ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

The five Baker brothers--Jim, Hezzie, Frank, Gabe and Ken--are successful farmers and the leaders of a movement to induce people to join the "Land Army" and support the war effort by growing food. In spite of their work with the Land Army, the Baker boys want to quit farming to join the Army Air Corps and become pilots. The head of the local draft board, Henry P. Fairchild, however, turns down their request, stating that no farmers are being drafted. Molly, the boys's widowed mother, fears that Henry's rejection of her sons is for personal reasons, and goes to his house to plead with him to change his mind. Henry, who has not spoken to Molly for thirty years, maintains that no personal feelings were involved, and stands by his decision. Meanwhile, as the boys travel to a radio broadcast, their car breaks down and they hitch a ride from five lovely young women. Unknown to the Bakers, the girls are Henry's daughters--Dale, Denny, Alice, Patt and Jeanne--who have been away at finishing school. The girls are unaware of the Baker boys's identities as well and are upset when Henry reveals who they are and demands that they not see the boys again. Jim and his brothers scheme to romance the sisters and thereby anger Henry and induce him into drafting them to get rid of them. They serenade the girls one evening, and their plan seems to be going as hoped. Wondering why their father hates the Bakers, the Fairchild girls question radio station owner George, who is known as "The Solemn Old Judge." George reveals that thirty years previously, Henry and Molly were engaged. George introduced Molly to a friend, Jim Baker, Sr., and when Molly married Jim instead of Henry, Henry never forgave her. Dale and her sisters are determined to reunite Molly and Henry, and so, when the Baker boys host a Land Army recruiting rally and barnyard frolic, they attend. They engineer the attendence of Governor Manning and his daughter Grace, which forces Henry to be civil to the Bakers, as the governor endorses their war efforts. Finally realizing what the Bakers are up to, Henry questions them as to their intentions toward the girls. Jim brazenly tells him that they want to marry the girls, and Henry invites them to visit the house that evening. Unnerved that Henry has called their bluff, the Baker boys stay at home, and Henry reveals their duplicity to his disappointed daughters. Jim exhorts his brothers to remember their goal of joining the Air Corps, but the other boys realize that they really do love the Fairchild sisters. Upon learning from George that the girls are on a train headed back East, the boys rush out in their beaten-up electric car to stop them. When the train collides with their car, the boys fake serious injuries to gain sympathy. Soon, all parties concerned have reconciled, and the Baker and Fairchild families are united and happily begin to farm together.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 13, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Film Length
6,456ft (7 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

In the onscreen credits for this film, The Hoosier Hot Shots, The Music Maids, George D. Hay, Isabel Randolph, George "Shug" Fisher and Lillian Randolph are introduced with the phrase "Starring Radio's Popular Entertainers." According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, a music publisher purchased two songs written by Johnny Marvin and Harry Tobias for the film, one of which was "Bow-Legged Cowboy," but the other, "Who's Your Little Hoosier?" does not appear to have been in the completed picture.