Sis Hopkins (1941)





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Previously filmed with Mabel Normand in 1920, the old Rose Melville stage property Sis Hopkins was trotted out in 1941 for Republic's newest star, raucous cornpone comedienne Judy Canova. Sporting pigtails and dressed like a potato sack, Sis Hopkins (Canova) shows up at the doorstep of her snooty rich relations in the Big City after her family farm burns down. Though she immediately ingratiates herself to her uncle, bathroom-appliance mogul Horace Hopkins (Charles Butterworth), Sis runs afoul of her bitchy, beautiful cousin Carol (played by a pre-stardom Susan Hayward). Determined to humiliate our heroine and send her packing, Carol arranges for Sis to partipate in a sorority-initiation striptease. Fortunately, Sis wins out in the finale, while Carol must endure such indignities as a well-aimed pan of water and a misplaced bathroom plunger. As a bonus, Sis wins the heart of college bandleader Jeff Farnsworth (Bob Crosby). Adding to the general merriment of Sis Hopkins is Jerry Colonna as a zany college professor. Judy Canova sings several of her patented country-western ditties, then surprises her fans with a "straight"operatic rendition from La Traviata.
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Judy Canova
as Sis Hopkins
Bob Crosby
as Jeff Farnsworth
Susan Hayward
as Carol Hopkins
Jerry Colonna
as Professor
Charles Butterworth
as Horace Hopkins
Katherine Alexander
as Clara Hopkins
Elvia Allman
as Ripple
Carol Adams
as Cynthia
Lynn Merrick
as Phyllis
Mary Ainslee
as Vera de Vere
Betty Blythe
as Mrs. Farnsworth
Joe Devlin
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Hal Price
as Bit Part (uncredited)
Anne O'Neal
as Bit Part (uncredited)
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Very much a mixed bag. The good-Judy Canova could really sing when she wasn't camping it up with yodeling and so forth. Bob Crosby, Bing's brother, also had a nice voice not as smooth as his brother's but pleasant and his band is very good but when he reads his lines the man is a block of wood. Susan Hayward very early in her career gives a good account of herself as a spoiled selfish witch, something of a specialty of hers on her way up. Plus she has the dubious distinction of probably being the only Oscar winner to appear in a Judy Canova movie. The bad-Jerry Colonna is very definitely an acquired taste and a great deal of the movie is very corny and a tad ridiculous. Not painful just don't expect high art.

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