Grand Ole Opry (1940)

Genres - Comedy, Musical  |   Run Time - 68 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Though they may seem as corny as Kansas in August when seen today, the Weaver Brothers and Elviry was one of the most popular music-and-comedy aggregations on the Country-Western circuit in the early 1940s. The group consisted of Leon Weaver as Abner, Frank Weaver as Cicero (who never spoke, a la Harpo Marx) and June Weaver as Elviry, talented tunesmiths all who knew how to make the most of the wheeziest comedy material. In Grand Ole Opry, the Weavers get mixed up in politics, with Abner Weaver rather incongruously running for Governor. It's all part of a plan concocted by a group of crooked politicians, but Abner and the voters end up having the last laugh. Like most of the Weavers' Republic movie vehicles, Grand Ole Opry benefits from a stellar supporting cast, including Henry Kolker as the crooked publisher who sets the plot in motion and Claire Carleton as a brassy femme fatale. And per the film's title, Grand Ole Opry is chock full of talent gleaned from the same-named WSM radio series, including Uncle Dave Macon and Dorrie, George Dewey Bay and Roy Acuff and the Smoky Mountain Boys.



bad-guy, corruption, family, good-guy, hillbilly, politician