Home Town Story

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Home Town Story
Home Town Story (1951 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byArthur Pierson
Produced byArthur Pierson
Written byArthur Pierson
StarringJeffrey Lynn
Donald Crisp
Alan Hale, Jr.
Music byLouis Forbes
Alfred Newman
CinematographyLucien N. Andriot
Edited byWilliam F. Claxton
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (Produced and financed by Arthur Pierson and Dore Schary for MGM)
Release date
May 18, 1951
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$334,000[1]

Home Town Story is a 1951 American drama film directed by Arthur Pierson and starring Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, and Alan Hale, Jr.. The film features Marilyn Monroe in a small, early role. The film was backed by General Motors to promote the virtues of big business.

Plot summary[edit]

Jeffrey Lynn plays a defeated politician who takes over as editor of a small town newspaper in an effort to get himself elected. His campaign is intended to be a continuing expose of the evils of big industry, and his strategy is to publish daily investigations of industrial skullduggery and pollution. Marilyn Monroe, listed as one of the film's stars, actually plays a very small bit as Iris Martin, the shapely office secretary.

On a school outing to an abandoned mine, Jeffrey Lynn's little sister is trapped in the collapse of a mine tunnel, and the town's industries come to her rescue. After little sister is rescued and flown in a company plane to the big city, Lynn has a change of heart and recognizes that the industrial towns-people are actually doing their best to help their fellow citizens.



According to MGM records the film made $243,000 in the US and Canada and $91,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $195,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.

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