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Country Fair(1941)

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According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Smiley Burnette was originally scheduled to play the male lead in this picture, which would have been his "first star role." Burnette was forced to drop out, however, due to the large budget increase and increased priority of Down Mexico Way, a 1941 Republic film in which he appeared with his frequent co-star, Gene Autry (see below). Another Hollywood Reporter news item includes Donald McBride in the cast, but his appearance in the completed film is unlikely. According to information in the file on the film in the MPPA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the Breen Office rejected the film's February 28, 1941 script because of references to the illegitimacy of "Lulubelle Tinkle." In mid-March 1941, the Breen office approved a revised script, but again requested that scenes containing references to illegitimacy "be eliminated."