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Friendly Neighbors (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 17 November 1940 (USA)


Nick Grinde


Dorrell McGowan (original story and screenplay), Stuart E. McGowan (original story and screenplay) (as Stuart McGowan)


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Credited cast:
Leon Weaver ... Abner Weaver
Frank Weaver ... Cicero Weaver
June Weaver ... Elviry Weaver
Lois Ranson ... Nancy Williams
Spencer Charters ... Bumblebee Hibbs
Cliff Edwards ... Notes
John Hartley ... Breeze Kid
Loretta Weaver ... Violey Weaver
Al Shean ... Doc
Thurston Hall ... The Governor
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Martha Williams
Clarence Wilson ... Silas Barton
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Sheiff Potts
Al St. John ... Smokey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paula Lane Paula Lane


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Release Date:

17 November 1940 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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On the Road with the Weavers
7 July 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Republic Pictures specialized in the shrinking but still important rural market. This meant they produced a lot of westerns and when country music began its rise in the early 1940s (by 1945 Western Swing was the best-selling musical genre on records) they knew how to take advantage: not only with singing cowboys and Judy Canova, but with the Weaver Brothers and Elviry, a musical novelty act. They appeared in about fifteen movies from 1938 until 1942.

In this outing, the Weavers take to the road in a low-stress Grapes of Wrath scenario, consorting with kindly hobos and blind people in an amiable fashion, with Thurston Hall to act as a bamboozled deus ex machina to fix matters. The direction by Nick Grinde runs through all the standard gags, from the car-stuck-on-the-tracks on down, executed about as well as the Columbia shorts department would do them. There's lots of talent on view, including a nice musical number by Cliff Edwards to keep you entertained. It's a thoroughly enjoyable picture so long as you don't want any depth.

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