Release dateMay 18, 1951 CastJeffrey Lynn (Blake Washburn), Donald Crisp (John MacFarland), Marjorie Reynolds (Janice Hunt), Alan Hale Jr. (Slim Haskins), Marilyn Monroe (Iris Martin), Barbara Brown (Mrs. Washburn) Similar moviesArthur Pierson directed Home Town Story and Dangerous Years
Marilyn monroe scenes from the movie home town story
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.
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.
Jeffrey Lynn as Blake Washburn
Donald Crisp as John MacFarland
Marjorie Reynolds as Janice Hunt
Alan Hale Jr. as Slim Haskins
Marilyn Monroe as Iris Martin
Barbara Brown as Mrs. Washburn
Melinda Plowman as Katie Washburn
Renny McEvoy as Leo, the Taxi Driver
Glenn Tryon as Ken Kenlock
Byron Foulger as Berny Miles
Griff Barnett as Uncle Cliff Washburn
Virginia Campbell as Phoebe Hartman
Harry Harvey as Andy Butterworth
Nelson Leigh as Dr. Johnson
Speck Noblitt as Motorcycle officer
According to MGM records the film made $243,000 in the US and Canada and $91,000 elsewhere, making a profit of $195,000.