|Directed by||Joseph Santley|
|Screenplay by||Frank Gill. Jr.|
George Carleton Brown
|Story by||Prescott Chaplin|
|Starring|| Judy Canova |
|Edited by||Richard Van Enger|
|Music by||Mort Glickman (uncredited)|
Walter Scharf (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles (uncredited)
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
Sleepy Lagoon is a 1943 American musical comedy film directed by Joseph Santley and featuring comedian Judy Canova and singer Dennis Day. The film was written by Prescott Chaplin, while Frank Gill, Jr. and George Carleton Brown wrote the screenplay. It was Canova's final feature for the Republic studios until 1951.
While closely coincident in time, the movie was entirely unrelated to the Sleepy Lagoon murder which led to the Zoot Suit Riots, nor to the song which lent its name to that incident.
The story deals with the travails of a newly elected female mayor, Judy Joyner (Canova), in a growing and mildly corrupt small town. Horror film actor Rondo Hatton had a bit part as "Hunchback."
Ricou Browning is an American film director, actor, producer, screenwriter, underwater cinematographer and stuntman. He is best known for his underwater stunt work, especially in the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon, in which he portrayed the titular Gill-man during the film's underwater scenes. Browning reprised the role for the underwater scenes in the film's sequels Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. He is the last surviving original actor to portray any of the Universal Classic Monsters. Browning also co-created Flipper with Jack Cowden, and directed a number of episodes of the 1960s television series.
Dodge City is a 1939 American Western film directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ann Sheridan. Based on a story by Robert Buckner, the film is about a Texas cattle agent who witnesses the brutal lawlessness of Dodge City, Kansas and takes the job of sheriff to clean the town up. Filmed in Technicolor, Dodge City was one of the highest-grossing films of the year. This was the 5th of 8 movies that de Havilland and Flynn appeared in together.
Bright Victory is a 1951 American drama romance war film directed by Mark Robson and starring Arthur Kennedy and Peggy Dow.
Judy Canova, born Juliette Canova, was an American comedian, actress, singer, and radio personality. She appeared on Broadway and in films. She hosted her own self-titled network radio program, a popular series broadcast from 1943 to 1955.
Rondo Hatton was an American journalist and actor. After writing for The Tampa Tribune, Hatton found a career in film due to his unique facial features, which were the result of acromegaly. He headlined horror films with Universal Studios near the end of his life, earning him a reputation as a cult icon.
Tim Lucas is a film critic, biographer, novelist, screenwriter, blogger, and publisher and editor of the video review magazine Video Watchdog.
Dennis Day was an American singer, radio, television, and film personality, and comedian. He was of Irish descent.
The Pearl of Death is a 1944 Sherlock Holmes film starring Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson, the ninth of fourteen such films the pair made. The story is loosely based on Conan Doyle's short story "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" but features some additions, such as Evelyn Ankers as an accomplice of the villain, played by Miles Mander, and Rondo Hatton as a brutal killer.
House of Horrors is a 1946 American horror film released by Universal Pictures, starring Rondo Hatton as a madman named "The Creeper".
Basil Gogos was an American illustrator best known for his portraits of movie monsters which appeared on the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Thundering Herd is a 1925 American silent Western film, now lost. It is directed by William K. Howard and starring Jack Holt, Lois Wilson, Noah Beery, Sr. and Raymond Hatton. Based on Zane Grey's 1925 novel of the same name and written by Lucien Hubbard, the film is about a trader who uncovers a scheme to blame the Indians for a Buffalo massacre.
The Brute Man is a 1946 American horror thriller film starring Rondo Hatton as the Creeper, a murderer seeking revenge against the people he holds responsible for the disfigurement of his face. Directed by Jean Yarbrough, the film features Tom Neal and Jan Wiley as a married pair of friends the Creeper blames for his deformities. Jane Adams also stars as a blind pianist for whom the Creeper tries to raise money for an operation to restore her vision.
Carolina Cannonball is a musical comedy film, released by Republic Pictures in 1955.
Cameron McCasland is an American filmmaker.
Jason V. Brock is an American author, artist, editor and filmmaker.
Johnny Doesn't Live Here Anymore is a 1944 American comedy/romance film starring Simone Simon, James Ellison, William Terry, and featuring Robert Mitchum in an early role. Produced by King Brothers Productions, it was co-written by Philip Yordan and directed by the German-American director Joe May, and constitutes the final film directed by Joe May. It was based on a short story purchased by the King Brothers. The film has fantasy elements, with the main character being followed by a gremlin.
Sis Hopkins is a 1941 American comedy film directed by Joseph Santley and written by Jack Townley, Milt Gross and Edward Eliscu. Starring Judy Canova, Bob Crosby, Charles Butterworth, Jerry Colonna, Susan Hayward and Katharine Alexander, it was released on April 12, 1941, by Republic Pictures.
Chatterbox is a 1943 American comedy film directed by Joseph Santley and written by Frank Gill Jr. and George Carleton Brown. The film stars Joe E. Brown, Judy Canova, Rosemary Lane, John Hubbard, Gus Schilling and Chester Clute. The film was released on April 27, 1943, by Republic Pictures.
Honeychile is a 1951 American comedy film directed by R. G. Springsteen and written by Charles E. Roberts, Jack Townley and Barry Trivers. The film stars Judy Canova, Eddie Foy, Jr., Alan Hale, Jr., Walter Catlett, Claire Carleton and Karolyn Grimes. The film was released on October 20, 1951 by Republic Pictures.
The Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award, often called the Rondo Award, is an annual award founded in 2002 that honors journalism, scholarship and film preservation in the horror genre, particularly of classic horror film and their modern-day counterparts.