Tuxedo Junction


1h 10m 1941

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 4, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,276ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

The birthday party hosted by Glenvale, California, millionaire Douglas Gordon for his snobbish daughter Joan is interrupted by loud swing music coming from the farm of Abner and Elviry Weaver, who are also hosting a birthday party for Pansy, the daughter of Abner's brother Cicero. Gordon, who despises his hillbilly neighbors, who farm in the arroyo below his land, yells at the Weavers to be quiet, then confronts three teenaged boys who are admiring Joan's new car. Believing that the boys are about to steal the car, Gordon chases them and they are caught trying to hide at the Weavers' farm. The next day, the Weavers attend the juvenile court hearing at which the boys--Jack "Sock" Anderson, Thomas "Piecrust" Murphy and Fred "Soapy" Peters--protest their innocence. Judge Leo Rivers dismisses the charges, but, because the boys are migrants, orders them to be placed in a state home. Much to Gordon's chagrin, the Weavers volunteer to take the boys in. At the farm, Abner tells the youths that they will be paid for any work they do in the vegetable garden, but cynical Sock derides Abner's promise. To prove that Abner is interested only in obtaining cheap labor, Sock brings ten more homeless boys to the farm, but Abner stays determined to give the youths a good start in life. Meanwhile, the overly competitive Gordon is so set on having Glenvale win the prize for best float in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade that he donates $3,000 to help build a float. Abner learns of the donation and contracts with a Chamber of Commerce member to grow flowers for the float. Soon all of the boys are working hard except Sock, who maintains his distance from the family. Abner shows Sock a large replica of the Lincoln Memorial, which is his most prized possession, and tries to impress upon him the values of honesty and hard work, but Sock rebuffs him. Finally, fed up with Elviry's taunting, Sock begins to labor in the flower gardens and is surprised to find that he enjoys it. On Christmas, Sock and the boys are proud to receive presents from the Weavers, but a distraught Pansy reveals that Gordon has had their flower contract with the city revoked. Sock then confronts Gordon and even says "please" for the first time in his life when asking the millionaire to change his mind. Gordon refuses to relent, however, and the boys, upset that the Weavers will lose all they own because of their investment in the flowers, decide to set fire to the floats under construction. Abner stops the boys just in time, telling them that he has received a contract for another float. Although Abner has fibbed about the new contract, the boys eagerly begin to build the float, which Sock decides will be modeled upon the Lincoln Memorial replica. Joan, who has changed her mind about the boys after falling in love with Bill Bennett, their probation officer, learns of Abner's predicament and secretly arranges for the Junior Chamber of Commerce to sponsor the Weavers' float. On New Year's Day, Bill and Joan anxiously await the float, which is late to arrive in Pasadena. The truck carrying the float has broken, but the determined boys push the float along the parade route. As they approach the reviewing stand, Elviry encourages the tired boys to sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and the float's stirring patriotism prompts the judges to award it first prize. Thrilled that Glenvale has won, Gordon applauds the efforts of Joan, Bill, the boys and the Weavers, and everyone celebrates with a song.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 4, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,276ft (7 reels)

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Notes

The popular song "Tuxedo Junction" was a big hit for Glenn Miller and a number of other recording artists.