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Lay That Rifle Down (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 7 July 1955 (USA)
Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writer:

Barry Shipman
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Cast

Cast overview:
Judy Canova ... Judy Canova
Robert Lowery ... Nick Stokes, aka Poindexter March, III
Jil Jarmyn ... Betty Greeb
Jacqueline deWit ... Aunt Sarah Greeb
Richard Deacon ... Glover Speckleton
Robert Burton ... General Ballard
James Bell ... Mr. Fetcher
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Horace Speckleton
Tweeny Canova Tweeny Canova ... Tweeny Greeb
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Judy works for a pittance as a char in her aunt's hotel. To add spice to her life she enrols on a charm course but it's a scam. Soon the swindlers show up and plan to use her to con her aunt out of her money.

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1955 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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The Continental Correspondence Charm School
Written by Jack Elliott and Donald Kahn
Sung by Judy Canova
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Surprisingly Good - Grab Some Popcorn and Get Wise to Judy Canova!
5 December 2017 | by mbanakSee all my reviews

I wish so much that family friendly comedy like this packed the theaters today. Nice plot twists and surprising talent from Judy Canova. Good blend of slapstick and situation comedy. My favorite line: "I was upstairs in the attic settin' mousetraps." I have to use that line sometime. The banker is played by a staple from the Dick Van Dyke show. He played "Mel". Can you name him? Watch for some low-key pathos as this country bumpkin manages her dignity, and her love for a houseful of orphans, in a sea of sharks. This may not seem related, but in the world of ballet, I recall how Ballerina Christine Sarry described the role of the cowgirl from Copland's "Rodeo". If you're not careful, you will break your neck doing those moves. In this film, Judy Canova, a skilled performer, must act like an awkward country girl, who is practicing body movements she learned from a fake charm school. There is a scene where the body control for this stunt was impressive, as it was funny. Turn on to Judy Canova. I must find more of her.


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