The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band

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Overview

Set in 1888, this tuneful fact-based Disney production concerns the attempts of a musically talented family of Dakota pioneers -- who are politically divided on the upcoming presidential election -- to wrangle an invite to that year's Democratic convention in cosmopolitan St. Louis. Incumbent Grover Cleveland is attempting to win his second straight election and is challenged by Benjamin Harrison. The results are that Cleveland won the popular vote, but Harrison won the electoral vote to be declared President of ...
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Overview

Set in 1888, this tuneful fact-based Disney production concerns the attempts of a musically talented family of Dakota pioneers -- who are politically divided on the upcoming presidential election -- to wrangle an invite to that year's Democratic convention in cosmopolitan St. Louis. Incumbent Grover Cleveland is attempting to win his second straight election and is challenged by Benjamin Harrison. The results are that Cleveland won the popular vote, but Harrison won the electoral vote to be declared President of the United States. Cleveland would win the next election to become the only President to ever serve two non-consecutive terms. Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair, Richard Deacon, Wally Cox, John Davidson and Leslie Ann Warren round out the adult cast. Along with the moppets, they sing and dance to espouse their political allegiances to the candidate of their choice. Look closely for Goldie Hawn in her first film role as a laughing chorine.
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Special Features

Feature commentary with Lesley Ann Warren, John Davidson and Richard Sherman; The Family Band album; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital Mono sound; Fullscreen (1.33:1)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A flat and only intermittently entertaining musical from the Disney studios, The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band features a good cast that doesn't get enough of a chance to show what they can do. The score by the Sherman Brothers is catchy and hummable, but aside from the expansive "Dakota," it's not really impressive or up to the task of anchoring a major musical film. More depth, greater inventiveness in melody and more character-driven or --revealing numbers are needed; instead, what we have is pleasant and innocuous. Still, the score is a good deal better than the screenplay, which plods terribly and features terribly leaden dialogue and a surfeit of rather boring (because they are merely repetitive) political arguments. After the dreadful response to its previous "roadshow" musical, The Happiest Millionaire, Disney made sure that Band was of a more manageable length -- but even so, Michael O'Herlihy's pacing makes it feel too long. Fortunately, Walter Brennan is his usual feisty old codger self, Buddy Ebsen gets to do a bit of a soft shoe, Lesley Ann Warren has plenty of charm and Janet Blair is serenely winning. The cast gives Band some much needed zip.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 786936234299
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,785

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Brennan Grandpa Bower
Buddy Ebsen Papa Bower
John Davidson Joe Carder
Lesley Ann Warren Alice Bower
Janet Blair Mama Bower
Kurt Russell Sidney Bower
Steve Harmon Ernie Stubbins
Richard Deacon Charlie Wrenn
Wally Cox Wampler
Debbie Smith Lulu Bower
Bobby Riha Mayo Bower
Smitty Wordes Nettie Bower
Heidi Rook Rose Bower
John Walmsley Quinn Bower
Pamelyn Ferdin Laura Bower
John Craig Frank
William Woodson Henry White
Goldie Hawn Giggly Girl
Jonathan Kidd Telegrapher
Technical Credits
Michael O'Herlihy Director
Bill Anderson Producer
Herman A. Blumenthal Art Director
Carroll Clark Art Director
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Lowell S. Hawley Original Story, Screenwriter
Gordon Hubbard Makeup
Chuck Keehne Costumes/Costume Designer
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Phillips Cinematographer
Richard M. Sherman Score Composer
Robert B. Sherman Score Composer
Emily Sundby Costumes/Costume Designer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
Cotton Warburton Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening/The Family Band [4:40]
2. "The Happiest Girl Alive" [9:13]
3. "Oh Benjamin Harrison" [11:43]
4. Mr. Carder [10:08]
5. Off to Dakota [8:00]
6. The Party Line [9:11]
7. "Bout Time" [4:02]
8. A Lesson in Politics [13:28]
9. A Trip to the Woodshed [1:51]
10. The Board Meeting [5:55]
11. Election Night [9:15]
12. A Time for Making Up/End Credits [14:07]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Bonus Features
      The Family Band Album
      Audio Commentary
         View the Film With Audio Commentary by John Davidson, Leslie Ann Warren and Richard M. Sherman: On/Off
      Register Your DVD
   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Captions: English for the Hearing Impaired
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subititles: None
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth another look

    Here is a show that was originally planned for the Disney tv show...padded out with songs, and released to theaters instead. The result is a mixed bag. The cast is fine and the story unique, but the songs are just filler..pleasant and not much else. Of greater interest here is the commentary track with Lesley Ann Warren and John Davidson, which covers their memories of the Disney Studio's golden days. Goldie Hawn has a cute cameo role as the Giggling Girl.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Here! It's Here!

    I've been searching for this title for years! I watched it when I was younger and loved it. I've been hoping they would release it on DVD for quite some time now. I always enjoy the music. One of my favorites is '`Bout time.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sparkling Entertainment

    This movie has wonderful songs, a great performance by Walter Brennan (his 'Man for the Time' rap is truly memorable) and is just fun to watch. Check out the dance scene at the end and watch for the Giggly Girl. It is also quite topical even now. Truly entertaining for the whole family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's been a long time

    This is a great show. It has been years since I have seen this show. It is so good. I live in North Dakota and it takes place in North Dakota during an election year. It is a very interesting fun movie and I think everyone should see it.

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