Jive Junction (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Music  |  16 December 1943 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.6/10 from 62 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

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 »



(story), (story), 3 more credits »
0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A poor girl falls for a wealthy young man. He invites her to his gala birthday party, but she doesn't have the right kind of dress to wear, so her family and friends band together to raise money to get her the proper dress.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Shirley Temple, William Gargan, Guy Kibbee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1820s New England beautiful but poor and manipulative Jenny Hager marries rich old man Isaiah Poster but also seduces his son and his company foreman.

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Douglas Sirk
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, George Sanders, Louis Hayward
Damaged Lives (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

An extramarital affair leads to a young couple contracting venereal disease.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Diane Sinclair, Lyman Williams, Harry Myers
Detour (1945)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

François Villon, in his lifetime the most renowned poet in France, is also a prankster, an occasional criminal, and an ardent patriot.

Director: Alan Crosland
Stars: John Barrymore, Conrad Veidt, Marceline Day
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In this drama at the end of World War II, the inhabitants of a small Japanese fishing village must come to terms with their nation's defeat and the sudden occupation of General MacArthur ... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Shinoda
Stars: Takaya Yamauchi, Yoshiyuki Omori, Shiori Sakura
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Perpetual-optimist "Dreamy" Smith aspires to quit his job as newspaper publicity drudge and sail the world. But life--and his editor--conspires against him. Not only does the car he intends... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Stoloff
Stars: Eddie Albert, Joan Leslie, Alan Hale
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A man is wrongfully imprisoned for five years. One out, he hears about his wife's supposed adventures outside of their marriage and becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Hans W. Geissendörfer
Stars: Brigitte Fossey, Helmut Griem, Dieter Laser
Certificate: Passed Drama | Sci-Fi | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Laura is a nurse at the Front in World War I. She meets and falls for a young flyer named Geoffrey. On his first mission, Geoffrey is shot down and taken to the hospital where Laura works. ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar Selwyn
Stars: Diana Wynyard, Lewis Stone, Phillips Holmes
Golden Night (1976)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Serge Moati
Stars: Bernard Blier, Klaus Kinski, Marie Dubois
Shadow on the Land (TV Movie 1968)
Action | Sci-Fi | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Patriotic freedom fighters struggle against a fascist dictatorship in a near-future USA.

Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Stars: Marc Strange, Jackie Cooper, John Forsythe


Complete credited cast:
Tina Thayer ...
Claire Emerson
Gerra Young ...
Gerra Young
John Michaels ...
Jimmy Emerson (as Johnny Michaels)
Jack Wagner ...
Grant Saunders
Miss Forbes
Beverly Boyd ...
William Halligan ...
Mr. Maglodian (as Bill Halligan)
Johnny Duncan ...
Johnny Clark ...
Friedrich Feher ...
Frederick Feher (as Frederick Feher)
Caral Ashley ...
Odessa Lauren ...
Girl (as Odessa Laurin)
Robert McKenzie ...
Sheriff (as Bob McKenzie)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Meet Johnny-Two-Notes (original poster) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Music


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

16 December 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Swing High  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Music and Lyrics by Lew Porter, J.F. Tableporter and Leo Erdody
Written for the movie and possibly played
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Dickie Moore Show.
13 July 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Oh dear, I am not sure about the ad line from the 40s which exclaimed "The gayest musical with the gayest new stars".... and I am sure teen star Dickie Moore would have been mortified in later years at that re surfacing.... (he married Jane Powell in the 80s!!) ... however this well made PRC mini musical from 1943 attempts to entertain us with the idea of a high school band opening their own rural milkbar for US soldiers as their war entertainment effort... only to see the girlfriends swoon and dance with the servicemen instead. As a hep musical with lively teens, JIVE JUNCTION ultimately promises more than it delivers (unlike MISTER BIG made at Universal the same year) but it does have one absolutely magnetic interest... and that is the astonishing talent of teen star Dickie Moore. You just can't believe how handsome this kid was.... and he certainly could act. As a truly beautiful baby star in the early 30s in Our Gang and other high profile films he went on to appear in major RKO and FOX films like HEAVEN CAN WAIT. Later in MEMBER OF THE WEDDING in the 50s. JIVE JUNCTION lacks the energy and choreography that it needs and too often is static and under-presented... which is a shame because PRC keenly spent some cash on the production values but slacked on the energy required to sock the pic across. Directed by Edgar Ulmer (of DETOUR fame) it should be better than it is. There is a huge orchestra scene late in the film but by then my interest seriously waned. However for Dickie Moore fans he is a knockout.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Jive Junction (1943) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: