In Old Missouri


1h 8m 1940

Brief Synopsis

The Weavers play sharecroppers. They confront their landlord with their tale of woe only to find he is in money trouble too. He also has a wastrel son and a socialite wife who wants a divorce. He begs the Weavers to trade places with him and fix things up.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 17, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

Sharecroppers Abner, Cicero, Elviry and Violey Weaver decide to appeal to their landlord, Mr. Pittman, to improve the lot of his tenants. Pittman, who is afflicted with ill health, a frivolous wife, a playboy son and growing financial losses, seizes the opportunity to sign his estate over to his backwoods clients and disappear. The Weavers then move into the Pittman mansion, joining Junior Pittman's French dancing girls, while Abner meets with Pittman's business partners. After Abner fends off the partners' demands for money, they set Pittman's creditors on him, but Elviry raises the money to pay them off by auctioning Mrs. Pittman's furs at a charity fashion show. When Abner accuses the partners of cheating Pittman, they retaliate by accusing Abner of murdering Pittman. Fleeing from the police, the Weavers return to their farm, where they find a contented Pittman. After Pittman refuses to go home to confront his problems, Abner assures him that his problems are all solved, and to prove it, convinces him to play dead. Pittman's grieving "widow" then approaches his death bed and pledges her love, while his remorseful son Junior proclaims that he regrets not entering his father's business and settling down with Mary, Pittman's secretary. After his partners confess to cheating him, Pittman rises from his death bed and relieves the burden of the sharecroppers.

Film Details

Release Date
Apr 17, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

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Notes

The film's opening title card reads: "Republic Pictures presents the Weaver Bros. and Elviry in Old Missouri." The Weaver Brothers and Elivry were billed as The Arkansas Travelers during their many years in vaudeville and on The Grand Old Opry radio show. For additional information about their films, Down in "Arkansaw" (above).