My current work in progress:

Tawney Sweater,byΒ Jenni Barrett, knit from MadelineTosh Tosh Sock,Β using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles.

State Names

This weekend the KOARC and I were discussing movies that have the names of states in the title — like “Blue Hawaii.” This started me wondering — does every state in the U.S. have a movie with its name in the title? Some, like New York, have multiple movies, of course, but is there a movie with, for example, Rhode Island in the title?

Yeah, I wonder about stuff like this.

So, just for fun, if you can think of a movie that has a state name in the title, please leave it in the comments to this blog entry. To reward you for your diligence, on Thursday afternoon I’ll draw five names at random and those five people will win the WendyKnits pattern of their choice. Oh, and the first person who can name a movie with “Rhode Island” in the title will win 5 patterns. πŸ˜€

Leave your comment by 4pm Eastern time this Thursday, August 20, to be entered in the drawing.


I had as nice chunk of knitting time yesterday so made some good progress on the Sandvik shawl.


I’ve got 33 more rows to do before I work the bottom border. I weighed my ball of yarn after taking this photo. The original weight was 230 grams, and the ball now weighs 127 grams, so I’ve used less than half of it. The yardage was 1300 yards, so I’m guessing I’ve used 600 or so yards so far.

Progress will slow down during the week because I’m working on a stealth project for my commuter knitting. But I’m hoping to have this done by the end of next weekend.

Lucy Sez:


“Put down the knitting and look at me!”


  1. IMDB also lists Rhode Island Blue and several films made in 1898 and 1901 (or so) with Rhode Island in the title.

    Liz E.
    .-= E. Engman´s last blog ..VISIT TO IOWA: FINISHED PROJECTS =-.

  2. I’ll put in a plug for my home state. It’s a fairly recent movie — The Haunting in Connecticut. Haven’t seen it, I’m too scared!

  3. I had to IMDB it, but there’s an 80’s movie called “Prince of Pennsylvania” starring Keanu Reeves! It looks so horribly cheesy I may have to watch it someday.
    .-= Jaime´s last blog ..Quilting WIPs – log cabin and doll quilt swap =-.

  4. The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio – my home state…

  5. Glenda Brown says:

    Oklahoma—-“Where the wind goes sailing down the plaines”….

  6. Mississippi Masala
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Lagniappe (A Little Extra) =-.

  7. One of my favorites is Raising Arizona (1987) with Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter. And I can’t forget A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. My father took me to see that one.

  8. There are two Rhode Island movies, according to Rotten Tomatoes: Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003) and D-Day + 62 Years: Rhode Island Veterans Return to Normandy (2006). But I live in Alaska, so my favorite is North to Alaska.

  9. I am from Chicago and so my state is in the title, “Abe Lincoln in Illinois”, a film produced in 1940.

  10. Laura DeFlora says:

    Raising Arizona

  11. Only movie I can find is ” GETTING OUT OF RI” as already mentioned.
    There is the TV show Providence with Mike Farrell and Melina Kanakarides. (sp?).
    And the hallmark I think station had the story that centered somewhat in RI , Newport
    to be exact, called the Buccaneers. ( totally watch that one). Available on DVD.

    There is a movie called Federal Hill too… and if you are from RI ( like me) you know all about ” the hill”.

    Now if I were doing a movie about RI… I’d include Roger Williams Park, The Big Blue Bug, he beaches along the row including Scarborough and Sand Hill Cove. Dells Lemonade, an AWFUL AWFUL, chowda and clam cakes . And of course if you leave your town, you pack a lunch or over night bag. No one marks the roads well. You will get directions like, ” remember where Friendlies used to be?… well its about 2 streets after that where the broken red light was, but it’s gone now”.
    Live in Mass now… guess why?

  12. The only one I can think of is Raising Arizona.
    .-= melissa´s last blog ..Fireworks in Albert Lea 4 =-.

  13. “New York, New York” (Liza Minnelli & Robert DeNiro) — my mom would be very upset if missed that one
    “Gangs of New York”
    {both Martin Scorsese films}

    “Washington Square”
    {both starring Jennifer Jason Leigh)}

    and since I’m going for doubles…
    “Raising Arizona” (one of my personal faves)
    and “Normal, Ohio”
    {John Goodman is in both of these}

  14. Oklahoma
    Raising Arizona
    Sweet Home Alabama
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Moonlight in Vermont
    North to Alaska
    The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia
    Wanda Nevada
    New Jersey Drive
    Moonlight in Vermont

  15. “Sweet Home Alabama” with Reese Witherspoon
    .-= Beth D´s last blog ..Hello world! =-.

  16. lostpenny says:

    Mississippi Masala, My Own Private Idaho

  17. Gotta give it a shot:

    New York New York
    Raising Arizona
    Ghosts of Mississippi, and of course, that classic,
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

  18. Shirley Ryan says:

    Here it is…

    Hope I’m the first!


  19. margieinmaryland says:

    Love the color of the shawl (NOT a movie name!)

  20. Shirley Ryan says:

    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio is another one.I now that one because I used to live there! πŸ™‚

    My Own Private Idaho is the name of the Idaho movie. I forgot to put it in the entry with the URL

  21. I’m from Minnesota, but I’ve never seen “Feeling Minnesota”. “Fargo” was mostly about Minnesota…
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..New Friends, Old Friends =-.

  22. Texas Tenor: The Illinois Jacquet Story (1995)

    How about a movie for D.C.? — D.C. Cab (1983)

  23. North to Alaska!

  24. How about “Raising Arizona”

  25. Raising Arizona
    Christmas in Connecticut
    Mississippi Burning
    Sweet Home Alabama

  26. OK-lahoma

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Jersey Boys (Well, OK, it’s a show. Like a movie)

    Georgia On My Mind

    New Hampshire Hotel

  27. Judith Strausbaugh says:

    The one I think of is Chicago. Hope I win. Thank you.

  28. I can only think of Raising Arizona right now.

  29. Paris, Texas

  30. Raising Arizona

  31. That’s easy – “Getting Our of Rhode Island ” – released in 2003; – and because I’m a California Gal – “California Dreamin” 2009.

  32. Christina says:

    Witches of Eastwick (which is in Rhode Island) is the only one I can think of for that state, but how about:

    Nevada Smith
    Wanda Nevada
    Raising Arizona
    North to Alaska
    My Own Private Idaho
    Missouri Breaks

    It’s late. That’s all I can do for now.

  33. I was thinking that there was a movie called “Welcome to Mooseport, Maine,” but luckily for my native state, it was just called “Welcome to Mooseport,” and it just claimed to take place in Maine. Movie so bad people walked out of it….on airplane flights!
    .-= Evelyn´s last blog ..Sukiyaki =-.

  34. annalilly says:

    Seems like a lot of movies and TV shows are being shot in Oregon lately, but I found one that’s still in production: “Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon”. Philomath is an historic little logging town in the foothills of the Coast Range where bald hillsides are still reminders of the clear cut method of logging. I’m assuming that’s what this movie will portray. Who knows? Sure is an interesting list!

  35. Getting Out of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Blue!

  36. Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom….Marlene from Indiana

  37. morning- glories says:

    The prince of Pennsylvania 1988

  38. Marian Allen says:

    Getting out of Rhode Island (2003)
    Christmas in Connecticut
    Georgia (1988 and 1995)
    Deep Down in Florida (2004)

  39. My own private Idaho is a favorite film of mine, but i see it’s been metioned a few times already! Hehe! I hope this still counts!

  40. Getting Out of Rhode Island….but it’s already been guessed!!

  41. Heather Ricco says:

    Movie: “Getting Out of Rhode Island”. Never seen it, though.

  42. The Oh in Ohio
    Texas Chain Saw Massacre (and yes I saw the original and the remake!)

  43. There is a 1996 movie called “Alaska”

  44. There is also
    The Haunting in Connecticut
    West Virginia, the State Beautiful (1929 documentary)
    Iowa (1995)
    Louisiana Story

  45. Florida flight 90

  46. Kay the Arky beat me to it! Mississippi Masala…a great movie and fun to watch.

  47. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

  48. “The Kennedy’s of Massachusetts”
    Hmph, only one I could find.
    .-= miss sandra´s last blog ..Another One Down An Movin’ On =-.

  49. The Prince of Pennsylvania

  50. Raising Arizona

  51. The Beans of Egypt, Maine. Have to include a Maine title because I love Maine so much.
    .-= Kathode Ray Tube´s last blog ..Badass lace knitter! =-.

  52. I’m from Arkansas
    Arkansas Swing – from 1948

  53. April Phillips says:

    Utah, 1945 with Roy Rogers, as well as Colorado with him.
    The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry: American Experience, a documentary, but still…
    The Redhead from Wyoming
    Wisconsin Death Trip
    Sweet Home Alabama

  54. The Princess of Nebraska
    The Prize Winner of Definance, Ohio
    The Oh in Ohio

  55. Loved this contest! Also love all the “blobs” that become such beautiful patterns! Mr. Smith Goes to Washington x2
    Blue Hawaii
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Missouri Breaks
    The Kentucky Fried Movie
    Escape From New York
    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    The Hotel New Hampshire
    Raising Arizona
    Mississippi Burning
    King of New York
    My Own Private Idaho
    Feeling Minnesota
    Truth or Consequences New Mexico
    Mystery, Alaska
    Happy, Texas
    Autumn in New York
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Gangs of New York
    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio
    King of California
    Georgia Rule
    Andrea in Virginia ….just kidding!

  56. Alex Fagelson says:

    Since people already grabbed all of the Rhode Island movies how about some other overlooked states:

    Maryland, My Maryland (1926)
    Bing Crosby’s Washington State (1968)
    Watch Out for North Dakota (1993)
    Commandment Keeper Church, Beaufort South Carolina, May 1940 (1940)

    P.S. I couldn’t find any for South Dakota.

  57. Heather H says:

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. πŸ™‚

  58. I’m a Hoosier, so most of the Indiana Jones movies…”Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” is one of them. πŸ™‚

  59. Because I feel my beloved state is crossly underrepresented here, (“Kansas City” stuff does not count, as most of Kansas City is actually in Missouri. )

    Rolling Kansas (2003)
    Kansas (1988)
    Kansas Pacific (1953)
    Kansas Raiders (1950)
    The Kansas Terrors (1939)
    Kansas Saloon Smashers (1901)
    Kansas Territory (1952)
    Masterson of Kansas (1954)
    Something’s Wrong in Kansas (2008)
    Kansas Cyclone (1941)
    Kansas in August (1999)
    The Kid from Kansas (1941)
    .-= Lynnie´s last blog ..I believe… =-.

  60. Colorado (1940) with Roy Rogers, Gabby Hayes and Pauline Moore: “A Union soldier is sent to Denver to find out who is stirring up trouble with the Indians.”

  61. Michigan Kid

  62. Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)

  63. Sherie Adams says:


  64. Nevada (1944) starring Robert Mitchum
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Liz Taylor/Richard Burton

  65. A connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

  66. Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)

    Originally from there, but haven’t seen the movie πŸ™‚

  67. Getting Out of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Blue (w/Paul Sorvino), Mystery Alaska, The Man From Colorado, Kansas City Confidential, Dakota, the Badlands of Dakota, Watch Out For North Dakota, Out of Iowa, Sheep Shearing in New Mexico (a documentary- but how could I not add it!), Detouring Thru Maine, Cattle Queen of Montana, The Michigan Kid, Abe lincoln in Illinois, Sweet Home Alabama, Raising Arizona, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Georgia, Cowboys in Florida, Voices of North Carolina, Commandment Keeper Church Beufort South Carolina May 1940, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Maryland My Maryland, The Princess Of Nebraska, Tennessee, In Old Kentucky (starring Will Rogers!), Oklahoma!, Across the Wide Missouri, Mississippi Burning, Washington Mistress (TV movie and it refers to DC). I’m sure there are many, many more but I have to go roust kids out of bed!

  68. Raising Arizona!
    .-= melanie´s last blog ..Friday fill-ins =-.

  69. Stephanie R says:

    Does a movie about the state parole board count? I found “Parole Board: Rhode Island” “Go inside the Parole board of the nation’s smallest state as we follow the cases of 3 inmates.” Sounds like an Acadame winner to me!!!

  70. Peggy Kraham says:

    Being from West Virginia I had to see if we had a movie with the name in the title and I found one.
    West Virginia Whitewater. 1990.

  71. Joan Neal says:

    Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? (I live in Virginia) and the Howards of Virginia (1940).

  72. Since I’m from Arizona, this is what I have in my list:

    1. The Airzone Solution (1993) (V)
    2. Arte tairona (1977)
    3. Raising Arizona (1987)
    4. Arizona Dream (1993)
    5. Smoke Signals (1998) aka “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona” – USA (working title)
    6. In Old Arizona (1928)
    7. ‘Neath the Arizona Skies (1934) aka “‘Neath Arizona Skies”
    8. Arizona (1940)
    9. Crossing Arizona (2006)
    10. Werewolf (1996) (V) aka “Arizona Werewolf”
    11. Arizona Summer (2003)
    12. The Baron of Arizona (1950)
    13. Arizona (1998)
    14. Arizona Seaside (2007) (I say there’s no such thing unless California snaps off and falls in the ocean!!!)
    15. The Arizona Kid (1939)
    16. Arizona Days (1937)
    17. Arizona Raiders (1965)
    18. Arizona Stage Coach (1942)

  73. Even a Canadian can sing, “North, To Alaska”.
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Small Delights =-.

  74. lisa olson says:

    The Michigan Kid and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Those are the 2 states I have ties to – and the only ones I could think of.

  75. Oh I Wish I Was in Michingan

  76. Annette Fettig says:

    Raising Arizona

  77. I’ll shout out my home state: “Oklahoma!” which was both a movie and a play/musical. πŸ™‚
    .-= Mel´s last blog ..Sometimes April Showers Bring… =-.

  78. Alexandra Daniels says:

    Indiana Jones!

  79. CindyD333 says:

    The movie is simply called ‘Louisiana’. Jimmie Davis was in the movie as himself, probably because he wrote the song ‘You Are My Sunshine’. He was governor of the state at one time…

  80. Well, from the late 30s and 40s there are tons with the name Colorado, including one called Colorado, Colorado Serenade, Colorado Sunset, Colorful Colorado, In Old Colorado, Colorado Pioneers, etc. Ah, the golden era of the Western πŸ™‚
    .-= Gretchen´s last blog ..Another awesome giveaway, that you just better not enter! =-.

  81. I live in Utah, so I thought I’d see if there’s one named for it. Apparently there’s a Roy Rogers western called, simply, “Utah”.

  82. Michigan feels left out!

    The Michigan Kid (1928, 1947)

  83. Well, I see I am not the first with Getting Out of Rhode Island (2003)….
    Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
    Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)
    .-= danielle´s last blog ..Goodbye Philadelphia Eagles! =-.

  84. Always a Christmas favorite – ‘Christmas in Conneticut’ with Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet! I’d love to have that farmhouse with the fireplace to knit by πŸ™‚

  85. Mr. Smith goes to Washington

    I live in RI and I’d never heard of that RI movie! LOL Guess I’ll have to check it out. πŸ˜€
    .-= Claudia´s last blog ..I need my blankie =-.

  86. jo morgan says:

    Well, I’ll be! I looked for a movie with Nebraska in the title since NB is my home state. There is “Princess of Nebraska”, a movie I’ve never heard of. The stars are Asian, whatever that means. Jo

  87. Since I am originally from Kansas, I feel like I should make sure that Kansas is listed. There are a couple that come to mind:

    Kansas City (1996)
    Rolling Kansas (2003)
    Kansas City Confidential (1952)
    .-= Kelli´s last blog ..The Move Is Over!! =-.

  88. jo morgan says:

    You have created a monster. I looked for Colorado movies (where I live now) and found two — both from the late 40’s.

    The Man from Colorado
    Colorado Territory

  89. Not many movies with Michigan in the title…I would guess they’ve all be said…so I will repeat one…Michigan Kid…

  90. BlondiKnits says:

    Well, since I’m a native — my favorite movie in the whole world is “My Own Private Idaho” from 1991 with River Phoenix and the gorgeous Keanu Reeves.

  91. You’ve already got a Rhode Island movie listed.

    I saw a movie listed for The Hotel New Hampshire, but I haven’t seen it – it has Jodie Foster in it.
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..from the local farmer’s market =-.

  92. Rebecca Kreiger says:

    Christmas in Connecticut

  93. Family Guy” Road to Rhode Island (2000)
    Outside Providence (1999)

    Harmon of Michigan (1941)

  94. Ha! But this IS a North Carolina one, Tasha. I am pleased to see that this year, “Beer Y’all: A Rock & Roll Road Trip Across North Carolina” will be released. Sounds good to me!
    .-= turtlegirl76´s last blog ..Orion Socks =-.

  95. I loved “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, although I’m not the first to mention it here. There’s “The Man from Texas (1915)” – This was a silent!
    .-= Miss Knotty´s last blog ..More Cabinet Goodness =-.

  96. Mississippi Masala (1991)
    Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
    The Oregon Trail (1939 serial)
    Moonlight in Vermont (1943)
    Kentucky (1938)
    Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
    The Man From Utah (1934)
    Alaska (1996)
    thought some obscure titles might be nice πŸ™‚

  97. Vermont is for Lovers
    Picturesque Massachusets
    My Own Private Idaho
    Kansas City

    From the looks of it, movies with state names in them were really popular from the inception of the moving picture through to the early 1940s, after that they seem to be more sparse. My favorite old titles found on IMDB are A Virginia Feud (1913), A Virginia Courtship (1916) and A Virginia Romance (1921), showed up one after another on the list. I thought that was pretty cute.

  98. Hi Wendy, Lucy and Friends,
    we are only missing Delaware and West Virginia. I made a spreadsheet for Wendy that I’ll be sending her shortly….

    Any ideas for Delaware and West Virginia? Also, the only SC one is the “Carolina” movie that is set in SC that someon posted but doesn’t actually have the “South” in the title πŸ™‚

    Busy day at work but this was a good distraction……..

  99. Pam from Kansas says:

    “Kansas” 1988
    “Kansas Raiders”
    “Kansas City Confidental”
    “Kansas City”

  100. “I Wanna Go Back to West Virginia” (1942)
    “Colorful North Carolina” (1942)

    So, have we covered all the states???