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Arkansas Judge (1941)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Musical | 28 January 1941 (USA)
Peaceful Valley town-founder, Judge Abner Weaver is distressed when the townspeople begin gossiping and "bearing false witness'" against Mary Shoemaker , the community handy-woman, who is ... See full summary »

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Frank McDonald

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Irving Stone (novel), Ring Lardner Jr. (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Leon Weaver ... Judge Abner Weaver (as Weaver Brothers and Elviry)
Frank Weaver ... Cicero Weaver (as Weaver Brothers and Elviry)
June Weaver ... Elviry Weaver (as Weaver Brothers and Elviry)
Roy Rogers ... Tom Martel
Spring Byington ... Mary Shoemaker
Pauline Moore ... Margaret Weaver
Frank M. Thomas ... August Huston
Veda Ann Borg ... Hettie Huston
Eily Malyon ... Widow Smithers
Loretta Weaver ... Violey Weaver
Minerva Urecal ... Miranda Wolfson
Beatrice Maude Beatrice Maude ... Mrs. Fred Neill
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Mr. Fred Neill
Barry Macollum Barry Macollum ... Patrick Melvany
George Rosener ... Mr. Beaudry
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Peaceful Valley town-founder, Judge Abner Weaver is distressed when the townspeople begin gossiping and "bearing false witness'" against Mary Shoemaker , the community handy-woman, who is charged with having stolen fifty dollars from Widow Smithers , and he and his wife Elviry and brother Cicero stoutly defend Mary. The theft becomes a matter of community interest when a rumor is circulated that Hettie Huston , daughter of the local banker, August Houston, has stolen the money in order to buy an expensive evening gown with which to dazzle Tom Martel, a young lawyer whose legal education was sponsored by Judge Weaver, whose daughter Margaret is also in love with Tom, and the young lawyer is torn between the sophisticated attractions of Hettie and the simple charm of Margaret. In order to save his daughter's reputation, August Houston is eager to have Mary Shoemaker's guilt established and to induce her to quietly leave town. Judge Weaver (not on the bench)defends her so heatedly that ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

False Witness See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Roy, mostly out of the saddle here, shows he can play roles that Gene Autry couldn't.
27 November 2005 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Adapted from Irving Stone's novel "False Witness." Peaceful Valley town-founder, Judge Abner Weaver (Leon Weaver) is distressed when the townspeople begin gossiping and "bearing false witness'" against Mary Shoemaker (Spring Byington), the community handy-woman, who is charged with having stolen fifty dollars from Widow Smithers (Eily Malhon), and he and his wife Elviry (June Weaver)and brother Cicero (Frank Weaver)stoutly defend Mary.

The theft becomes a matter of community interest when a rumor is circulated that Hettie Huston (Veda Ann Borg), daughter of the local banker, August Houston (Frank M. Thomas), has stolen the money in order to buy an expensive evening gown with which to dazzle Tom Martel (Roy Rogers), a young lawyer whose legal education was sponsored by Judge Weaver, whose daughter Margaret (Pauline Moore) is also in love with Tom, and the young lawyer is torn between the sophisticated attractions of Hettie and the simple charm of Margaret.

In order to save his daughter's reputation, August Houston is eager to have Mary Shoemaker's guilt established and to induce her to quietly leave town. Judge Weaver (not on the bench)defends her so heatedly that Huston institutes a slander-suit against his old friend, charging him with having damaged Hettie's reputation. Ordinarly, a hard thing to do with characters played by Veda Ann Borg.

Margaret feels that inasmuch as her father has financed Tom's legal education, it is his duty to defend her father. But Tom is smitten with Hettie and proposes to her, and refuses to side against her in the trial.

As the trial proceeds, it becomes apparent that all the witnesses are testifying against Judge Weaver because Huston and his bank hold notes and mortgages on their homes and businesses. Tom can stand it no longer and determines to defend the Judge, even though it may mean breaking his engagement to Hettie, no matter how smitten he may be. When it is suggested that Judge Weaver started the rumor against Hettie because his daughter was in love with Tom and jealous of Hettie, Tom puts Margaret on the stand and asks her to refute the statement. Margaret cannot swear, under oath, that she doesn't love Tom; and, as a result of her admission of love, the case is lost. But Huston magnanimously declines to accept from Judge Weaver the judgement the court has awarded him, on condition that Mary Shoemaker be sent out of town. Judge Weaver, knowing that Mary was not the one who stole the money, declines the offer.

Meanwhile, a group of Republic's usual rabble-roused townspeople decides to run Mary out of town, whether she wants to go or not. When she doesn't respond to the clamor at her door , they decide she has already left and, just to show her how they feel about her stealing fifty bucks from Widow Smithers, they set fire to her house.

BUT, Mary is inside the house.

1. Can Tom and his unnamed horse save her? 2. Will Hettie confess? 3. Will Tom decide that Margaret might be a better choice than Hettie? 4.If so, will the citizens of Peaceful Valley mend their hen-house ways and resume their peaceful, happy lives?

Yes (I)...Yes(2)...Yes (3)...and probably not (4) to the last question unless gossipy Minerva Urecal moves out of town.


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