Posted 16 November 2015 - 02:34 PM
The Weavers were a popular hillbilly act signed by Republic in the late 1930s. Between 1938 and 1943, they made eleven B films at the studio that were a hit with rural audiences. In one of them, a young Roy Rogers plays a supporting character. Available on Amazon Prime:
GRAND OLE OPRY
After posting this comment yesterday, I sat down and watched both of these...they're short, like 65 minutes each. The one with Roy Rogers (ARKANSAS JUDGE) features Spring Byington in a rare turn at Republic, but the story does not seem to make much sense in my opinion-- though the music-playing scenes are good. The other title, GRAND OLE OPRY, is most enjoyable-- there's a silly but fun story about corrupt politicians, and the musical numbers are spectacular. Opry star Roy Acuff makes an appearance in one of the scenes, crooning his trademark hit 'Wabash Cannonball.'
"You've had a few hours given back to you from life. A few hours in which to change your minds and your hearts. When you came into the grounds of this inn, you came into a place as it was a year ago today. You were in your own time, but the house and garden and Gwyneth and I are in the time of last year. The day the bomb hit. When you go away and walk up the road you will have spent a night in an inn. But if you look back from the crest of the hill, the halfway house will not be here...but if you remember, it will be as you remember a forgotten snatch of song. It will be a picture before your eyes. Gone before you realize it is there. Or an echo in the hidden places of your mind. But you have been here...and the world is what you make it." -- Mervyn Johns, THE HALFWAY HOUSE.