Mountain Music


1h 17m 1937

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 18, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a story by MacKinlay Kantor in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Jan 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Synopsis

The relished seventy-five-year feud between the Shepardsons and the Burnsides is scheduled to end by the marriage of Bob Burnside and Lobelia Shepardson. The n'er-do-well Shepardsons have agreed to the wedding to get Bob's diamond mine into the family, despite Bob's outrageous inclinations to shave, bathe and work. Bob is reluctant to wed Lobelia, however, because he knows she loves his brother Ardinger. In order to secure Lobelia and Ardinger's happiness, Bob flees, but when his hat is accidentally shot off by Ardinger's gun, the townspeople believe Ardinger killed him. Meanwhile, in Monotony, Arkansas, Mary Beamish, who has been told by her girl friends that she will become an old maid, rashly promises to produce a beau to prove them wrong. Bob has been chased by a mule out of his town and has been left holding the hair tonic of a medicine doctor who fled a group of men made bald by his solution. Bob escapes the throng of men and arrives in Monotony. There he is hit on the head by a slingshot, which causes him to forget his identity and fall in love with the first person he sees. A splash of water relieves his amnesia but also ends his affectionate mood. Bob then hears Mary singing and is instantly smitten. She, in turn, is so relieved to have a date that she accepts his anonymity. When he wanders into a car bearing the name "Hamilton W. Lovelace," Mary thinks this is his name and introduces Bob to her friends as Hamilton. She then appears in the Monotony Amateur Show. After Bob intercepts a telegram instructing Hamilton to go to Hot Springs, he and Mary decide to elope. At their hotel in Hot Springs, Bob discovers that Hamilton is already married and is wanted by G-men, and Mrs. Lovelace points out that Bob is not her husband. Bob is put to work in the kitchen while Mary makes confusion out of a dinner show when she is substituted for an injured dancer. After they are kicked out of the hotel, Bob and Mary by chance meet Lobelia, who has been trying to locate Bob to prove Ardinger's innocence. Mary pours water on Bob so that he is able to testify at Ardinger's trial. When, during the trial, Bob loses his memory again, Mary turns a fire hose on him and disrupts the courtroom. This causes the feud to resume for a few minutes until Mary sprays the Shepardsons with hair tonic and the women declare an end to the fighting. The wedding party resumes, this time with two couples, Ardinger and Lobelia, and Mary with Bob, who again has amnesia but is once more in love with Mary.

Cast

Bob Burns

Bob Burnside [also known as Hamilton W. Lovelace]

Martha Raye

Mary Beamish

John Howard

Ardinger [Burnside]

Terry Walker

Lobelia [Shepardson]

Rufe Davis

Ham

George Hayes

Grandpappy

Spencer Charters

Justice Sharody

Charles Timblin

Shep

Jan Duggan

Ma

Olin Howland

Pappy

Fuzzy Knight

Amos

Wally Vernon

Odette Potts

Cliff Clark

Medicine show doctor

Goodee Montgomery

Alice

Rita La Roy

Mrs. Lovelace

Georgia Simmons

Ma Shepardson

Arthur Hohl

Prosecuting attorney

Miranda Giles

Aunt Effie

William Burress

Mr. Minafee

Buster Brodie

Snuffy

Red Donahue

Specialty

"uno," A Mule

Specialty

Jack Clifford

Guard

Walter Soderling

Court clerk

Jim Tony

Harigman, Hangman juror

Edmund Elton

Judge

Sam Ash

Assistant prosecuting attorney

Dick Rush

Policeman

Charlie Arnt

Hotel manager

Louis Natheaux

Mr. Lovelace

Charles Judels

Orchestra leader

Don Mckinney

Bell boy

Hal K. Dawson

Hotel clerk

Eddie Tamblyn

Bellhop

Laura Treadwell

Manager's wife

Florence Gill

Woman with chicken voice

James Carlin

Medicine show shill

Virginia Dabney

Edna

Paul Kruger

Attendant

Elsa Christian

Lady Godiva

Lew Kelly

Mailman

Terry Ray

Helen

Robert St. Angelo

Chef

Harvey Parry

Bus boy

Marie De Forest

Dancer

Harriette Haddon

Dancer

Jolane Reynolds

Adagio dancer

Harvey Karels

Adagio dancer

David Robel

Adagio dancer

Charles Teske

Adagio dancer

Ward Bond

First G-man

Wally Maher

Second G-man

Priscilla Moran

Girl

Arthur Stuart Hall

Phil Smalley

Frank Hammond

Elmer Jerome

Tiny Newland

Joe Franz

Frank Melton

Estelle Ettere

Irene Coleman

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 18, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a story by MacKinlay Kantor in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Jan 1935).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
8 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, Robert Florey replaced director Charles Riesner after two weeks of filming due to Riesner's disagreement with producer Benjamin Glazer about the story.