26 May 2009 | efitness
Naming the film after the well-known tune and yet neglecting to include it in the movie is one of several missteps perpetrated in this weak entry in the corn fed Judy Canova oeuvre. In this precursor to any number of episodes from "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Gomer Pyle," "Petticoat Junction," or "Green Acres," Judy Canova plays an oil rich hillbilly targeted by a couple of big-city grifters who convince her that they are a pair Hollywood producers eager to make her into a star. Thinking she is investing in her own career, the trusting bumpkin willingly finances the entire endeavor out of her millions and high-tails it to La-La Land with family in tow.
What follows next stumbles down a familiar path that is as predictable as it is unfunny. The only surprise evident is in discovering how many opportunities are lost for comic Hollywood satire and fish-out-of-water mix-ups. Still, Canova is, as ever, a charming and energetic performer who is always better than her material. Though there are few laughs to be had, Canova does get to sing (rather nicely) several undistinguished original songs along with a few recognizable standards.
Canova is seen to better advantage in many other films (my favorite, 1941's "Sis Hopkins") and her stock hillbilly character seems to have been the inspiration for Carol Burnett's "Ozark Annie" from the TV series "Get Smart." Folks who think Judy Canova was perhaps a one-trick pony should seek out the "Party Line" episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" where she shines in an unsympathetic dramatic role.