Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick
Directed by Claude Binyon
Produced by William Perlberg
George Seaton
Written by Story:
Claude Binyon
Walter Benjamin Hare
Starring Alan Young
Dinah Shore
Adele Jergens
Robert Merrill
Minerva Urecal
Martha Stewart
Veda Ann Borg
Music by Robert Emmett Dolan
Cinematography Charles Lang
Edited by Archie Marshek
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • April 1, 1952 (1952-04-01) (U.S.)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (aka Marshmallow Moon in the UK and the Philippines and Härkiä, heiniä ja hakkailua in Finland) was a 1952 'hillbilly' movie made by Paramount Pictures, directed by Claude Binyon and produced by William Perlberg and George Seaton. It is based on a 1919 play by Walter Benjamin Hare which was one of the most produced plays in the history of American theater with 40,000 performances, as of 1952, mainly by amateur groups.[1][2] The cinematography was by Charles Lang and the costume design by Edith Head.[3]


The film stars Alan Young, Dinah Shore and Robert Merrill. Supporting are Adele Jergens, Minerva Urecal, Martha Stewart (not to be confused with Martha Stewart, television host and home-decorating mogul), and Veda Ann Borg.[3] Alan Young had previously appeared in only three films–in the 1940s and all supporting roles. Dinah Shore had only acted eight years previously, in Up in Arms (1944) and Belle of the Yukon (1944), and this was her last major film role. The film also marked the debut of opera star Robert Merrill.[1]


It is a musical of a dreamy farm widow, played by Shore, obsessed with moving to the city. She is courted by shy-bumpkin neighbor (Young), and is almost tricked out of her land by crooks (Merrill and Jergens) who know there is an oilfield there.[4][5]


Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick had an unfortunate release. Produced in Technicolor as an A production, its boxoffice failed in its initial playdates. The film thereafter opened as a B movie.

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times wrote in his April 19, 1952 review: "Claude Binyon, who wrote and directed, must have done so in a stultifying trance; not a trace of his well-known wit or drollery is evident in this film. And the songs, which are woodenly delivered by Miss Shore, Mr. Young and Robert Merrill, who plays the city rascal, are hard to remember as far as the door."[2]

English film historian and critic Leslie Halliwell considered Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick to be: " Homespun entertainment based on a staple success of the American provincial theatre, with pleasant songs added."[6]


The song "Marshmallow Moon" was a hit before the film was released.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952) - Notes - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  2. 1 2 "Movie Review - - THE SCREEN - NYTimes.com". www.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  3. 1 2 "Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick (1952) - Claude Binyon - Cast and Crew - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  4. "Aaron Slick From Punkin Crick (1952) - Claude Binyon - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  5. "Aaron Slick from Pumpin Crick". www.afi.com. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  6. Halliwell, Leslie (1987). Halliwells Film Gude, 6th Edition. U.K.: Grafton. p. 1. ISBN 0-246-13207-8.

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