The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band (1968)
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Set in 1888, this tuneful fact-based Disney production concerns the attempts of a musically talented family of Dakota pioneers -- who are politically divided on the upcoming presidential election -- to wrangle an invite to that year's Democratic convention in cosmopolitan St. Louis. Incumbent Grover Cleveland is attempting to win his second straight election and is challenged by Benjamin Harrison. The results are that Cleveland won the popular vote, but Harrison won the electoral vote to be declared President of the United States. Cleveland would win the next election to become the only President to ever serve two non-consecutive terms. Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair, Richard Deacon, Wally Cox, John Davidson and Leslie Ann Warren round out the adult cast. Along with the moppets, they sing and dance to espouse their political allegiances to the candidate of their choice. Look closely for Goldie Hawn in her first film role as a laughing chorine. … More
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as Grandpa Bower
as Papa Bower
as Joe Carder
as Alice Bower
as Katie Bower
as Sidney Bower
as Ernie Stubbins
as Charlie Wrenn
as Mr. Wampler
as Lulu Bower
as Mayo Bower
as Nettie Bower
as Rose Bower
as Quinn Bower
as Laura Bower
as Henry White
as Giggly Girl
as Mayo Bower
as Quinn Bower
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Lame in the extreme.
I remembered enjoying this movie when I was a kid so I was eager to see it again all these years later. I was surprised by how familiar all the songs still were so I couldn't help but wonder if they were written by the infamous Sherman brothers. It was no surprise to find out I was correct! The theme behind the movie is a tale as old as time. People bickering about politics, families being split over the upcoming election and Democrats accusing Rebublicans of stealing the election. The love story is also very cute and I especially enjoyed the song, "'Bout Time". Whenever classic Disney films are talked about this movie is long forgotten, but I feel it is a gem worth discovering. It's a full blown musical that I would describe as a mix between The Sound Of Music, Oklahoma and The Music Man. Some of the plot points are unnecessary but easily overlooked if you are looking for a good wholesome movie the whole family can enjoy. Look for a cameo of a very young Goldie Hawn!
Look for Goldie Hawn as the Giggly Girl. It's kind of wierd/cool to see Kurt Russell and Goldie together. You definitely notice the age gap.
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