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Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939)

Approved | | Drama | 3 November 1939 (USA)
New York store clerk (Ford) joins a hobo (Conte) and an illegal immigrant (Rogers) heading for his newly bought land in Arizona.

Director:

Ricardo Cortez

Writers:

Dalton Trumbo (screen play), Leonard Hoffman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Rogers ... Anita Santos
Raymond Walburn ... Prof. B. Townsend Thayer
Marjorie Rambeau ... Mamie
Glenn Ford ... Joe Riley
Richard Conte ... Tony Casselli (as Nicholas Conte)
Eddie Collins Eddie Collins ... Bill - Counterman at Diner
Ward Bond ... Hunk
Irving Bacon ... Sheriff Clem Diggers
Kay Linaker ... Nurse
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During the Depression, New York City store clerk Joe Riley saves money and buys a piece of land in Arizona. He is determined to become a farmer. Not having enough money for a bus ticket to Arizona, Joe decides to hitchhike there. On the way he befriends illegal immigrant Anita Santos who came to America to escape the civil war in Spain. Joe also meets hobo Tony Casselli who agrees to help Joe start his new farming business. Tony, Joe and Anita travel by freight train and run into trouble with the train conductors and railway police agents. At a hobo camp, Tony bumps into his old friend, Professor Townsend Thayer who joins them and contributes his life experience and wisdom to the group. But their fellowship runs into trouble with a group of hobos led by a ruffian named Hunk. To make matters worse, the police is looking for Anita on an immigration charge. Into a small town, they run into law-and-order Sheriff Clem Diggers who becomes suspicious of them and especially of Anita. Low on ... Written by nufs68

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nebo s zaborom kolyuchey provoloki See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature debut of Glenn Ford, whose debut had been two years earlier in the short subject Night in Manhattan (1937). See more »

Soundtracks

Forty-Second Street
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Variations in the score during the empire state building scene
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26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Heaven with a Barbed Wire Fence (1939)

*** (out of 4)

A poor New Yorker (Glenn Ford) saves all of his money for six years so that he can buy a ranch in Arizona. Once he has the deed he sets off by train for Arizona where he also meets a hobo (Ricardo Conte) and a Spanish immigrant (Jean Rogers). This film was the debuts of Ford and Conte and both men turn in winning performances but the real prize here is Rogers who is simply delightful and carries the film. When I first saw Ford I didn't recognize him due to how small he looked. The story is pretty good, if standard stuff and the 62-minute running time keeps things moving along. The sappy ending doesn't really work but there are plenty of laughs and nice moments throughout. However, this is another film rotting away in Fox's vault.


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