Cast & Crew
When an oil company takes options on her Glen Falls farm, suspecting that it houses a fortune in petroleum, hillbilly Judy Crocker comes into more money than she knows what to do with. After buying her aunt and uncle an autocamp in Cedarview, Judy boards a train back to Glen Falls to get more "chicken feed." Also onboard the train are confidence men J. Huntington McMasters and Canada Brown. At the Glen Falls station, Judy is met by her mother, Maw Crocker, her brother Jeb and their new Rolls Royce. Deciding that Judy is a choice prospect for fleecing, McMasters and Brown drive out to the Crocker farm and introduce themselves as owners of a shoe company that is hoping to interest Judy in investing in plastic shoes. Upon discovering that Judy hates wearing shoes, McMasters and Brown announce that they are producers at Acme Pictures and offer Judy the starring role in their new film, Louisiana Hayride . When Jeb insists that his sister be able to invest in the company, the con men eagerly agree and head back to Hollywood to spend Judy's money. McMasters and Brown have spent every penny of Judy's investment, living in high style at the Wilshire Hotel, when the desk clerk notifies them that the Crocker family is waiting to see them in the lobby. As the two swindlers make plans to flee, the trigger-happy Jeb, spying a moose head mounted on the lobby wall, practices his aim and brings down the head on Malcolm Cartwright, an eccentric millionaire who spends his money backing Broadway shows. Judy sees McMasters and Brown sneak out of the hotel and climb into a cab, and she and Jeb follow. When Jeb shoots at a stuffed gorilla standing on a street corner, the con men think that he is shooting at them and take refuge in a park. Judy catches them there, and the two are amazed when they find that Judy is so wrapped up in the phony film story that McMasters has outlined for her that she wants to invest more money in the company. Back at the hotel, Judy agrees to invest $3,000 weekly, and McMasters and Brown establish a fake company and engage Gordon Pearson, a bellboy who aspires to be a film director, to pose as Judy's director. Turning the tables on the swindlers, Pearson threatens to expose them unless they rent studio space and hire writer Montague Price to script the film. When the time comes for her screen test, Judy starts out in a taxi for the studio. She does not know the name of the place, however, and consequently, ends up at the Imperial Studios, where a guard mistakes her for a singer scheduled to dub the singing voice of a major star and passes her through to the stage. When the studio executives see the daily rushes of Judy's performance, they are so impressed that they begin to search for her. Meanwhile, Judy, enthusiastic about her first screen role, presses more money on McMasters, who finally arranges for production to begin. As the film nears completion, J. C. Forbes offers to buy the distribution rights for $150,000. When Price realizes that the film's story was plagiarized from a Broadway play, however, he resigns from the project and Forbes decides against distributing it. Soon after, a telegram arrives notifying Judy that the oil options have been canceled and that payments have stopped. McMasters and Brown plan to sneak out of the studio when executives from Imperial Films arrive and offer to buy Judy's contract. McMasters is about to collect the money when the police arrive and arrest him and Brown for previous swindles. Judy is heartbroken until Cartwright, who has been observing the proceedings, reveals that he owns the rights to the play and offers Judy the motion picture rights as a present.
Betty Jane Graham
M. R. Bakaleinikoff
L. W. O'connell
John W. Pascoe
Albert Von Tilzer
Producers: Charles Barton, Sam White
Director: Charles Barton
Screenplay: Paul Yawitz (screenplay and story); Manuel Seff (story)
Cinematography: L.W. O'Connell
Art Direction: Lionel Banks, Walter Holscher
Music: Saul Chaplin
Film Editing: Otto Meyer
Cast: Judy Canova (Judy Crocker), Ross Hunter (Gordon Pearson), Richard Lane (J. Huntington McMasters), Lloyd Bridges (Montague Price), Matt Willis (Jeb Crocker), George McKay (Canada Brown), Minerva Urecal (Ma Crocker) Hobart Cavanaugh (Malcolm Cartwright).
Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Byron Foulger in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The picture marked the screen debut of Ross Hunter, who later became a well-known film producer. The Hollywood Reporter review remarked about his debut, "Hunter has as much to offer the acting department as he has pleasing good looks."