Mountain Rhythm


1h 10m 1943

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,333ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Farmers Abner and Elviry Weaver throw a party for their friends to ward off the chill of another hard winter, and during the festivities, Abner surprises Elviry with train tickets to Los Angeles and an announcement that he has sold the farm and wishes to take her on a well-deserved vacation. Elviry is moved to tears by Abner's generosity, but their plans change when they hear a radio announcement that the government is seeking experienced farmers to work valuable land left vacant on the West Coast because of the internment of Japanese farmers. Determined to help the war effort, the Weavers buy a farm in California and head West with their daughters, Linda and Fanniebelle, and Abner's mute brother Cicero. Upon their arrival, the Weavers inadvertently interrupt a ceremony at the posh Tudor Preparatory School, which is adjacent to their new farm. The school's principal, Dr. Elihu Prindle, and the students are angered by the Weavers' presence and rudely inform them that they consider people who work with their hands to be inferior. The Weavers then find their new home, and after spending an uncomfortable night struggling with the Japanese furnishings, begin to work the fields. They are astonished to see the Tudor polo team racing through the melon field and using the melons for target practice. When they are stopped, the boys insist that the previous owners agreed to let them use the field, but Elviry shoos the young snobs away with a rifle. Abner then returns home after an unsuccessful search for farm hands. The family decides to offer the fields to the polo team in exchange for help with the harvest, but Prindle and the boys reject the idea immediately. When the Weavers learn that there is to be a bond selling rally the next day, however, they challenge the boys to a contest, with the loser to acquiesce to the winner's plan for the fields. The boys agree, but when the Weavers win with the help of some attractive young ladies from a nearby burlesque theater, only Humphrey Davidson Pepperfield, VI shows up at the farm to fulfill the terms of the bet. Although Humphrey pitches in as best he can, Abner realizes that they need more help and with the aid of two reporters, who have come to do a story about the boys contributing to the war effort, tricks them into working. After a long day of working in the fields, the sore boys are grumbling in their rooms, and their leader, Darwood Gates Alton, plots revenge against the Weavers. The boys are shamed, however, when teacher Bill Burgess, who has fallen in love with Linda, brings them the many congratulatory telegrams that have been sent in response to the newspaper story about their self-sacrifice. Now fully determined to help the Weavers, the boys begin making paper hats to cover the remaining crops that are threatened by frost. Infuriated by the boys's actions, Prindle sends for their fathers, and when the boys will not return to their classes, Prindle sets fire to the paper hats. As his actions are being uncovered, the fathers arrive and, instead of backing Prindle, offer their support to their sons and the Weavers. While scouring the town for paper to make more hats, evidence is discovered that reveals that Prindle is an enemy agent and has intentionally been causing disunity by "preaching class consciousness." After Prindle is arrested, the boys and their fathers help the Weavers save the crops.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 8, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,333ft (7 reels)

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Notes

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, portions of this film were shot on location at the McKinley Home for Boys and in Canoga Park, CA.