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Untamed Heiress (1954)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 1 April 1954 (USA)
Walter Martin and Eddie Taylor are a couple of theatrical agents, and they receive a visit from Andrew "Cactus" Clayton, who is looking for Effie Canova, who grub-staked him years ago. He ... See full summary »


Charles Lamont


Barry Shipman (screenplay), Jack Townley (story)




Cast overview:
Judy Canova ... Judy
Don 'Red' Barry ... 'Spider' Mike Lawrence (as Donald Barry)
George Cleveland ... Andrew 'Cactus' Clayton
Taylor Holmes ... Walter Martin
Chick Chandler ... Eddie Taylor
Jack Kruschen ... Louie
Hugh Sanders ... Williams
Douglas Fowley ... Pal
William Haade ... Friend
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Flanny


Walter Martin and Eddie Taylor are a couple of theatrical agents, and they receive a visit from Andrew "Cactus" Clayton, who is looking for Effie Canova, who grub-staked him years ago. He longs to share his wealth with her and offers Martin and Taylor a thousand dollars if they'll find her. They learn that Effie is dead, but her daughter is in an orphanage. Unable to finance the trip, they make a deal with "Spider" Mike Lawrence, getting $200 from him to, supposedly, bet on a horse. At the orphanage, they find that Effie's daughter, Judy Canova is far too old to adopt, so they sign her to a contract and promise her a theatrical career. But before that can set out for Nugget City to collect from "Cactus", Mike and his henchman, Louie , catch up with them. It seems that the horse they didn't bet on won paying gigantic odds. So, all four men go to Nugget City with Judy, Once there, they learn that "Cactus" has been ruled incompetent, through a scheme by Williams and his two henchmen ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

1 April 1954 (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:

1.66 : 1
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Written by Jack Elliott
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Another evening with Judy
8 October 2016 | by magicshadows-90098See all my reviews

I've been on a Judy Canova ride here for the last month. Watching some of her rarest films. The story starts with a old miner who approaches two theatrical agents looking for Effie Canova. Effie staked the miner's dig many years ago and he struck gold and wants to split the fortune with her. The agents learn that Effie is dead but she had a daughter (our Judy). The agents find Judy as a middle age woman still living at the orphanage she grew up in. The three then travel to Nugget City to find the miner and claim half the fortune.

There are complications of course. The theatrical agents are on the shady side and they owe a gangster (Don Barry) some big money. Barry gets wind of the story and decides to follow the gang to Nugget City. Once there we meet a big crook (Hugh Sanders) who claims to be a guardian to the miner. It's all a ruse to steal the miner's stash of gold, but the gold is hidden and the miner isn't saying where it is.

The movie has much slapstick and plays for the comedy sequences. Judy plays her usual role her but with less emphasis on her rural bumpkin persona and more on the comedic aspects. She sings a couple of songs but not the usual hillbilly music. Barry and the agents prove that they are rogues with hearts of gold and they come to Judy's aid once in Nugget City. Quite an enjoyable little programmer that pleased kids at the time and TV viewers throughout the 50's and 60's.

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