Friday, 15 November 2013

DRIFTWOOD (1947) WEB SITE




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  • Production Credits

  • Director - Allan Dwan
  • Screenwriter - Mary Loos
  • Special Effects - Howard Lydecker
  • Composer (Music Score) - Cy Feuer
  • Special Effects - Theodore Lydecker
  • Musical Direction/Supervision - Cy Feuer
  • Producer - Allan Dwan
  • Editor - Arthur Roberts
  • Art Director - Frank Arrigo
  • Cats Credits

    • Natalie Wood ..Jenny Hollingsworth    


      • Walter Brennan - Murph
      • Dean Jagger - Dr. Steve Webster
      • Ruth Warrick - Susan
      • James Bell - Sheriff Bolton
      • Hobart Cavanaugh - Judge Beckett
      • Howland Chamberlain - Hiram Trumbell
      • Francis Ford - Abner Green
      • Alan Napier - Dr. Adams
      • Ray Teal - Perkins
      • H.B. Warner - Rev. Hollingsworth
      • Ellen Corby
      • Jerome Cowan - Mayor Snyder
      • Margaret Hamilton - Essie Keenan
  • Not since Margaret O'Brien buried her dolls and smashed her family of snow people in "Meet Me in St. Louis" has there been such a delightfully eccentric child as Natalie Wood in "Driftwood". Outrageosly honest, Wood is getting over the death of her great grandfather (H.B. Warner in a heartbreaking cameo), and is discovered on the road by research doctor Dean Jagger who is researching a cure for spotted fever caused by ticks. Having found a dog after witnessing a horrendous plane crash, Wood is slightly in shock, and obviously in need of a place to stay. Jagger takes Wood home with him, which he shares with pharmacist Walter Brennan. Wood's brutal honesty makes adults like Brennan and town spinster Charlotte Greenwood question Jagger's taking care of her, but Jagger's lady friend (Ruth Warrick) likes Wood's spunk. When the dog protects Wood from the town bully, the pooch is put on trial, and the town takes up sides against the dog and the town's power-thumping mayor (Jerome Cowan), the father of the nasty youth. Then, an outbreak of spotted fever hits, and Jagger must find a cure before its too late.This is quite a unique film for its day, and Wood is quite good as the young heroine. The cast features some of the best character performers of its day, and its nice to see two "Aunt Ellers" ("Oklahoma!") on screen together-Ms. Greenwood (of the movie) and Margaret Hamilton (of a 1960's Lincoln Center revival). Ms. Hamilton is very amusing in her role of Brennan's clerk at the pharmacy, and "Wizard of Oz" viewers will find it ironic that she appears as a witness in the dog's defense after taking away Toto from Dorothy in the 1939 classic. Ruth Warrick, so missed as the imperious Phoebe during the last 6 years of "All My Children", plays a sweet character here, while Brennan, Greenwood and Hobart Cavanaugh add small town charm to their grouchy characters with a heart of gold. This is the perfect movie to play for adolescents to teach them both the power of honesty and the art of diplomacy and tact