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Freckles Comes Home (1942)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 January 1942 (USA)
Freckles (Johnny Downs) comes home from college...and the sheriff accuses him of murder, gangsters put him on the spot, and his girl friend, Jane (Gale Storm), falls in love with a confidence man.

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

Gene Stratton-Porter (novel) (as Jeannette Stratton Porter), Edmond Kelso (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Johnny Downs ... 'Freckles' Winslow
Gale Storm ... Jane Potter
Mantan Moreland ... Jeff - the Hotel Porter
Irving Bacon ... Constable Caleb Weaver
Bradley Page ... Nate Quigley
Marvin Stephens Marvin Stephens ... Danny Doyle
Betty Blythe ... Mrs. Minerva Potter
Walter Sande ... 'Muggsy' Dolan, AKA Jack Leach
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Hymie
John Ince ... Hiram Potter
Laurence Criner Laurence Criner ... Roxbury B. Brown, III
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... Mr. Winslow
Gene O'Donnell Gene O'Donnell ... Monk
Si Jenks ... Lem Perkins
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Storyline

College student "Freckles" Winslow come home to Indiana to help a friend, Danny Doyle, who runs his uncle's hotel and took a mortgage on it in order to invest in a 'gold-finding-machine,' with his friend Jeff, the hotel porter. On the bus-trip home, "Freckles" meets a Chicago gangster, "Muggsy Dolan", posing as Jack Leach, on the lam from a bank-robbery, who decides a quiet Indian town would be the best place to hole up. "Freckles" also finds that his father has financial problems but, because of a long-standing feud between him and the town banker, Hiram Potter, is too proud and stubborn to ask Potter for help. "Freckles" decides that a major highway built through Fairfield would solve everybody's problems. Jack Leach, boarding at the hotel and casing the local bank, tells "Freckles" he has a friend that is a big financier, Nate Quigley, and just the man to put the deal over. Quigley, with Oil-Can Harry written all over him, shows up and calls for a town meeting, with the intention ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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There's No Place Like Home (?)...especially when gangsters put you on the spot, the sheriff accuses you of murder, and the girl friend falls in love with a confidence man. Everything happens to Freckles when he comes home from college! (original poster)


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Friday 23 April 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Detroit Sunday 21 November 1948 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Chicago Monday 25 July 1949 on WENR (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Monday 13 March 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Jeff: That was my Grandpappy, he worked in a circus.
Roxbury B. Brown, III: You don't say. What'd he do?
Jeff: Oh he dove off a 200 foot platform into a damp rag.
Roxbury B. Brown, III: That's pretty good. How often did he do that?
Jeff: Oh just once. The rag wasn't damp enough.
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Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
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Traditional
Performed by the Barndance Band
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Forgettable....at best.
14 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Freckles Comes Home" has B-movie written all over it. With a running time of under an hour and starring the likes of Johnny Downs (who?) and Mantan Moreland, it's a quickie from Monogram that is currently posted on YouTube.

When the film begins, there is a robbery. Next you see the personable 'Freckels' riding home from college. On the way, he makes an acquaintance with a mobster who is on the lam...and Freckles has no idea. When they arrive in his small Indiana town, Freckles is shocked to hear that his really stupid friend is in trouble and he decides the way to help the friend is to get a highway built (?). But to do this, he needs to get his father and Mr. Potter to make up because they both are on the highway commission. To help facilitate this, he kisses up to Potter's daughter, Jane (Gale Storm) and...well who cares?

The film crams too much plot into 59 minutes. You've got mobsters, a Romeo and Juliet-like feud, a gold machine and many other story elements jammed into the film...and none of which are really interesting or well developed. Overall, a pretty forgettable film...and that's being charitable.


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