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Those Calloways (1965)

Those Calloways (1965)





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Originally trade-previewed as Those Crazy Calloways, Disney's Those Calloways is a lengthy, anecdotal film about a highly individualistic New England family. Patriarch Cam Calloway (Brian Keith) is regarded as a crank by the local villagers because of his dream to build a bird sanctuary that will protect migratory geese from hunters. Cam uses all his savings to buy a lake, where he intends to establish his sanctuary. When a wealthy sportsman offers to turn the town into a booming resort community in exchange for hunting rights, Cam opposes the plan, which briefly puts him on the outs with everyone else. Only when Cam is accidentally shot by the sportsman do the locals rally around the "crazy" Calloways so that Cam's sanctuary can come to fruition. The plot of Those Calloways can best be described as picaresque; the film is most successful in establishing mood and atmosphere, and in offering a vast array of distinctive characterizations from such pros as Brian Keith, Vera Miles, Brandon de Wilde, Walter Brennan, Ed Wynn, John Larkin, Parley Baer, John Qualen, and Paul Hartman. Look for young Linda Evans as the girl friend of the oldest Calloway boy (DeWilde) and for future Picket Fences star Tom Skerritt as the town bully. Those Calloways was based on Swiftwater, a novel by Paul Annixter.

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Brian Keith
as Cam Calloway
Vera Miles
as Lydia (Liddy) Calloway
Brandon De Wilde
as Bucky Calloway
Walter Brennan
as Alf Simes
Ed Wynn
as Ed Parker
Linda Evans
as Bridie Mellot
Philip Abbott
as Dell Fraser
John Larkin
as Jim Mellot
Parley Baer
as Doane Shattuck
Roy Roberts
as E.J. Fletcher
John Qualen
as Ernie Evans
Tom Skerritt
as Whit Turner
Paul Hartman
as Charley Evans
Russell Collins
as Nat Perkins
John Davis Chandler
as Ollie Gibbons
Chet Stratton
as Phil Petrie
Renee Godfrey
as Sarah Mellot
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:fresh: :fresh: :fresh: (out of four) This long, but engaging film goes a long way on its charms and winning performances. It may be too leisurely for some, but I found the pace refreshing since it allows its characters to breath. Brian Keith plays Cam, the head of a New England family in the early 1900's. They are struggling to get by, but his wife (Vera Miles) and son (Brandon De Wilde) are standing behind him. His dream is to create a Canadian Geese Refuge along a Vermont Lake, but the town has ideas of turning the small village into a prime geese hunting tourist trap. [img][/img] The film boasts an environmental stance before it was cool to do so and its respect for the surrounding as well as its characters is refreshing. Keith has a tricky part because he is the good guy, but he also tends to drink and is hot headed. He pulls it off with great success. Vera Miles is equally good, and Brandon De Wilde is so likeable that he threatens to steal the film.

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