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The People's Choice (1946)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 21 March 1946 (USA)
Filmed in 16 mm, primarily intended for the school/institutional and home-rental, the plot has Abner Snell running for councilman in a small town. He accidentally becomes the "Mystery Lady"... See full summary »

Director:

Harry L. Fraser

Writer:

Richard Hill Wilkinson (story & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Kennedy ... Abner Snell (as Drew Kennedy)
Louise Arthur Louise Arthur ... Alice Tinkerton
George Meeker ... Elmer Blodgett
Ed Morgan ... Joe Spindle
Rex Lease ... Mike Tanner
Ernie Adams ... Tobias Tinkerton
Stanley Blystone ... Tom Flannigan
Fern Emmett ... Bessie Hopkins
Gene Collins Gene Collins ... Billy Robbin
Frank Marlowe ... Charles Butler
I. Stanford Jolley ... Dan Seymour (as Stan Jolley)
John Merton ... Grant Evans
Ashley Cowan Ashley Cowan ... Bob Andrews
Fred Kelsey ... Chief Holden
Dick Rush Dick Rush ... Constable Riley
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Storyline

Filmed in 16 mm, primarily intended for the school/institutional and home-rental, the plot has Abner Snell running for councilman in a small town. He accidentally becomes the "Mystery Lady" on a radio show after his deep bass voice becomes a strange, haunting falsetto following an attack of laryngitis, and earns a few extra dollars as such. He explains his sudden affluence to his sweetheart, Alice Tinkerton, by jokingly telling her he has robbed a bank, but not knowing that the Elmwood Bank has just been held up. Abner finally wins the girl and the election, after capturing the real bank robbers. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Planet's hilarious comedy in 16mm full color. (Lobby cards). See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Planet Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The first feature film shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm, for the reason of showing it in cinemas. See more »

Soundtracks

Campaign Song
Words and Music by Lou E. Zoeller and Tom Dempsey
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Interesting bit of trivia
5 July 2005 | by lstaszakSee all my reviews

I doubt that there are any copies of this film remaining. I saw it years ago when one of Bill Kennedy's associates ran it it on Bill's local (Detroit) TV show. It is an interesting bit of motion picture history. Kennedy had accumulated some money as a WB contract actor. He financed the film himself and lost his shirt. The picture was filmed and released in 16 mm. The theory being that it could be shown in local school and church auditoriums in small towns that had no movie theaters. Seeing handsome young Bill Kennedy singing with a woman's voice was a bit disconcerting but there were so many "different" low budget movies made in the mid-forties; I guess it wasn't that strange.


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