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Home Town Story [1951]

Director:Arthur Pierson
Writer:Arthur Pierson
Composer:Louis Forbes
Length:61 minutes
(1 hour 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:UR
Sorting Category:Drama
IMDB Rating:5.2/10
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: Blake Washburn blames manufacturer MacFarland for his defeat in the race for re-election to the state legislature. He takes over his uncle's newspaper to take on big business as an enemy of the people. Miss Martin works in the "Herald" newspaper office. When tragedy strikes, Blake must re-examine his views.

Reaction: This one's interesting. It's a little frustrating seeing Blake just pull a 'crusade' out of thin air like that and as much as you want to root for the main character, you just wish he'd take a step back.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Arthur Pierson => Director / Writer
Louis Forbes => Composer
Alan Hale Jr. => Slim Haskins
Barbara Brown => Mrs. Washburn
Byron Foulger => Berny Miles
Donald Crisp => John MacFarland
Glenn Tryon => Ken Kenlock
Griff Barnett => Uncle Cliff Washburn
Harry Harvey => Andy Butterworth
Hugh Beaumont => Bob MacFarland (uncredited)
Jeffrey Lynn => Blake Washburn
John Alvin => Jimmy (uncredited)
John Archer => Don (uncredited)
Marilyn Monroe => Iris Martin
Marjorie Reynolds => Janice Hunt
Melinda Plowman => Katie Washburn
Nelson Leigh => Dr. Johnson
Renny McEvoy => Leo, the Taxi Driver
Richard Crane => Don (uncredited)
Tom Keene => Abbott - Campaign Manager (uncredited)
Virginia Campbell => Phoebe Hartman

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Marilyn Monroe was often expected to provide her own wardrobe. The sweater with the grey body and black sleeves that she wears was worn previously in The Fireball and in the final scene in All About Eve.
  • This is one of a handful of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer productions of the 1950-1951 period whose original copyrights were never renewed and are now apparently in Public Domain; for this reason this title is now offered, often in very inferior copies, at bargain prices, by numerous VHS and DVD distributors who do not normally handle copyrighted or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer material.