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The Bower Family Band petitions the Democratic National Committee to sing a Grover Cleveland rally song at the 1888 convention, but decide instead to move to the Dakota territory on the urging of a suitor to their eldest daughter. There, Grampa Bower causes trouble with his pro-Cleveland ideas, as Dakota residents are overwhelmingly Republican, and hope to get the territory admitted as two states (North and South Dakota) rather than one in order to send four Republican senators to Washington. Cleveland opposed this plan, refusing to refer to Congress the plan to organize the Dakotas this way. When Cleveland wins the popular vote, but Harrison the presidency due to the electoral college votes, the Dakotans (particularly the feuding young couple) resolve to live together in peace, and Cleveland grants statehood to the two Dakotas before he leaves office (along with two Democrat-voting states, evening the gains for both parties).Written by
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The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band marked the debut of Goldie Jeanne Hawn
The main plot of this movie musical seems to mainly be about the conflicts in views among family members of the 1888 presidential election when incumbent Democrat Grover Cleveland ran against Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison. The results are similar with what happened in 2000 and 2016. Now with that out of the way, I'll just say I rather enjoyed this Disney movie made after Uncle Walt died especially concerning the songs of brothers Robert B. and Richard M. Sherman. The main reason I just watched this now was since I just got through with seeing the first season of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In", I felt a need to finally watch the first movie that featured one of that show's stars, Goldie Hawn. She might have been picked for that show after her impressive dance work for choreographer Hugh Lambert here as he was also that TV series' dance instructor. She's credited as "giggly girl" in the credits as her one line has her doing just that with one or two other words. She must have been 22 at the time. Also in the cast was Kurt Russell, just 14 at the time, who doesn't have any scenes with Goldie but is in the same sequence near the end of this movie. It wouldn't be until a couple of decades later that they'd become an item which they still are now. Also liked Walter Brennan, Buddy Ebsen, Janet Blair, Lesley Ann Warren, and John Davidson. So on that note, I recommend The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band. P.S. There's also a commentary track on the DVD featuring Ms. Warren, Davidson, and Richard M. Sherman though they all seemed to have been recorded separately. Interesting comments from all, though.
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