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Banjo on My Knee (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 11 December 1936 (USA)
Believing he has killed a guest, a groom flees on his wedding night.


John Cromwell


Harry Hamilton (novel), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Pearl Elliott Holley
Joel McCrea ... Ernie Holley
Walter Brennan ... Newt Holley
Buddy Ebsen ... Buddy
Helen Westley ... Grandma
Walter Catlett ... Warfield Scott
Tony Martin ... Chick Bean (as Anthony Martin)
Katherine DeMille ... Leota Long (as Katherine De Mille)
Victor Kilian ... Mr. Slade
Minna Gombell ... Ruby
Spencer Charters ... Judge Tope
Hall Johnson Choir Hall Johnson Choir ... Vocal Ensemble (as The Hall-Johnson Choir)
George Humbert George Humbert ... Jules
Hilda Vaughn ... Gurtha
Cecil Weston Cecil Weston ... Hattie


Believing he has killed a guest, a groom flees on his wedding night.

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The turbulent, exciting lives and loves of the happy Mississippi show folk - brought to the screen in a story a-throb with emotional thrills and a-glow with romance! IT'S THE PICTURE THAT'S REALLY DIFFERENT! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi-Melodie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Walter Brennan was just 13 years older than Buddy Ebsen. See more »


Pearl Elliott Holley: Make up your mind. Shuck... or be shucked!
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »


I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover
(1927) (uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Played by Walter Brennan at the Cafe Creole
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Barbara Stanwyck, song and dance gal
28 January 2013 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Rather ill-conceived and condescending Fox musical study of "river folk," meaning mindless Southerners who overreact to perceived slights and say "dad-blamed" a lot. River lad Joel McCrea, always appealing but playing a really unlikable leading man, marries "land girl" Barbara Stanwyck, none too bright herself, then high-tails it to Europe on his wedding night when he mistakenly thinks he's killed Victor Kilian, who got fresh with his bride. Walter Brennan's his superannuated dad; if you like Brennan's style of corn pone and shtick you'll like him here, but I don't. Stanwyck, surprisingly believing the lies of citified Walter Catlett, follows him to New Orleans, then has second thoughts, and ends up washing dishes in Minna Gombell's cafe, where she also harmonizes with Tony Martin and soft-shoes a bit with Buddy Ebsen. I love Stanwyck, but singing and dancing really aren't her fortes, and one is constantly aware that she's more intelligent than the woman she's playing. More interesting is a scowling, Joan-Crawford-looking Katherine de Mille, as her nasty rival. There are some nice musical interludes, notably an elaborate "St. Louis Blues" with the Hall Johnson Choir, but the plot meanderings are arbitrary and the ending's never in doubt. Nicely photographed, with an impressive river storm near the end.

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