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Lone Star State Hails 'Tomboy And The Champ'

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Sound | 1961

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"She's the pig-tailed pride of the Texas plains!" claimed Universal Studios when this film premiered in Houston in 1961. An intriguing piece of Hollywood history, "Tomboy and the Champ" was produced in honor of 4-H clubs across the country and exemplifies what some critics describe as the popular "country musical" genre from this period. Shot in Katy, Houston, and Chicago, the film's producers dedicated it to "the heart of America." This short clip showcases how Universal Studios bused citizens of Katy to Houston to attend the film's premiere in Houston. Although the newsreel serves as a fun look at when "Hollywood came to Texas," perhaps more interesting now is the way the film depicts the rural topography between Katy and Houston of the early 1960s – a remarkable comparison to the area's current urban environment.