3 things about Robert Woodburn’s CORN’S-A-POPPIN’

Corn’s-A-Poppin [1956]

1. A hog-caller named Lilian Gravelguard.
2. He awkwardly lifts her veil to kiss her on the side of her face, twice.
3. Grilled cheese on the moon.

Somewhere in the twilight zone between Ma & Pa Kettle and John Waters lies this quirky oddity, a downhome musical shot on a shoestring in Kansas City and co-written by Robert Altman before his first feature. This priceless time capsule was just restored by Northwest Chicago Film Society with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation. It screens at the Music Box here in Chicago in June. Kyle Westphal has written an excellent piece on the movie.

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