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Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick

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AMG Review
Craig Butler
The 1919 stage play upon which Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick is drawn was for many years a huge hit with community theaters, especially those with rural audiences. But by the time the film was made in 1952, its day was long past. What possessed Hollywood to try a straight-ahead adaptation of such weak material is anyone's guess, although the popularity of the Ma and Pa Kettle series of films was probably a big factor. Perhaps sensing that Aaron needed a little help, the producers decided to make a musical out of it. Unfortunately, the songs -- and there's a fair heaping, healthy quantity of them -- are no more distinguished than the screenplay. Serviceable, yes; occasionally agreeable, yes; memorable, no. Still, they're at least a respite from the trite story, annoying dialogue, and cardboard characters. And they are handled by the delectable voice of Dinah Shore, the impressive voice of Robert Merrill, and the pleasantly engaging voice of Alan Young. Indeed, it's the cast that makes Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick worth watching at all. They can't make a silk purse out of this sow's ear, but they make all the corn somewhat palatable. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi
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