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Banjo on My Knee is a 1936 American musical comedy-drama film directed by John Cromwell. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category Sound Recording (Edmund H. Hansen)


Ernie Holley (Joel McCrea) runs away on his wedding night because he thinks he has killed a wedding guest. His father Newt (Walter Brennan) and bride Pearl (Barbara Stanwyck) find him in New Orleans and persuade him to come home.


  • Barbara Stanwyck as Pearl Elliott Holley
  • Joel McCrea as Ernie Holley
  • Walter Brennan as Newt Holley
  • Buddy Ebsen as Buddy
  • Helen Westley as Grandma
  • Walter Catlett as Warfield Scott
  • Tony Martin as Chick Bean (as Anthony Martin)
  • Katherine DeMille as Leota Long (as Katherine De Mille)
  • Victor Kilian as Mr. Slade
  • Minna Gombell as Ruby
  • Spencer Charters as Judge Tope
  • Theresa Harris (uncredited) singer on dock