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Jive Junction (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 December 1943 (USA)
A young, classical-trained musician, Peter Crane, transfers from the Conservatory to Clinton High School, where he finds his music in conflict to that of the high school's world of jive and... See full summary »

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Claire Emerson
Gerra Young ...
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John Michaels ...
Jimmy Emerson (as Johnny Michaels)
Jack Wagner ...
Grant Saunders
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Miss Forbes
Beverly Boyd ...
Cubby
William Halligan ...
Mr. Maglodian (as Bill Halligan)
Johnny Duncan ...
Frank
Johnny Clark ...
Chick
Friedrich Feher ...
Frederick Feher (as Frederick Feher)
Caral Ashley ...
Mary
Odessa Lauren ...
Girl (as Odessa Laurin)
Robert McKenzie ...
Sheriff (as Bob McKenzie)
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A young, classical-trained musician, Peter Crane, transfers from the Conservatory to Clinton High School, where he finds his music in conflict to that of the high school's world of jive and Hep Cats. Claire falls for Peter, who is warned to stay away from her by Grant Saunders. Later, for fear of hurting his hands, Peter backs down from a fight with Saunders and is deemed a coward by Claire and his classmates. He also goes home that day to find that his father has been killed in action overseas. He turns to jive and is soon leading the school band, which is entered in a national contest. On the night of the finals competition, the band, through an accident, find they have no instruments. Peter rushes to his old professor at the Conservatory, who lends him the instruments from a Symphony Orchestra he conducts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Cock a Doodle Doo
(1943)
Music and Lyrics by Lew Porter and Leo Erdody
Sung by Beverly Boyd at the canteen
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Forgettable but fun feel-good teen fare from the forties
25 June 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

This Dickie Moore musical strikes all the appropriate notes for its mid-war audience, competently but without any real flair. The biggest potential for interest in the story, the introduction of the classically-trained star to hep jive popular music, is side-stepped at the beginning: he's picked it up on the side already. That pretty well establishes the tone: this is a simple story, without serious conflicts, passions or surprises.

The musical numbers are mostly adequate; they're passable but bland, with the notable exception of one pleasant vocal duet. The numbers were written for the movie, and appear to have been designed not to offend anyone. If you're a real fan of swing from the forties, you may be disappointed.

The dialogue is similar; while there are moments that sparkle, much is generic and predictable. The unquestioning sexism in the story is typical of the period, and is here mostly humorous now. Fortunately, it's a story made to play well to youth yet not anger the establishment. It works if used as such: enjoy it and move on.


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