6.1/10
19
2 user

Joan of Ozark (1942)

Approved | | Action, Comedy, Music | 15 July 1942 (USA)
During World War II, a yodeling hillbilly singer goes undercover to expose a ring of Nazi spies operating in the United States.

Director:

Writers:

(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Chatterbox (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While shooting a western on location, a Hollywood "cowboy" star--whose offscreen image is exactly the opposite of his onscreen one--is saved from disaster by a gregarious local girl. She ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Joe E. Brown, Judy Canova, Rosemary Lane
Certificate: Passed Fantasy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Anna Zador is a secretary who's been working for 6 years at Count Willie Palaffi's bank. Every day, she rides to work on her bike and places flowers on Willie's desk, but Willie (the ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Edward Everett Horton
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Stanton breaks Billy and his two friends Fuzzy and Jeff out of jail. He wants them free so three of his men can impersonate them for the robberies and murders he has planned.

Director: Sam Newfield
Stars: Buster Crabbe, Al St. John, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

It's 1942. rubber is a valuable commodity during WW2. Eddie Delaney is a second lieutenant in the army, but also a private detective. Eddy swings into action, when his father, ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Damian O'Flynn, Helen Parrish, Dick Purcell
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Expensive diamonds are stolen but before the thief can fence them he is strangled by ex-con Cueball, who then takes the gems and continues murdering people he believes are trying to swindle... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Morgan Conway, Anne Jeffreys, Lyle Latell
Riff-Raff (1947)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A plane takes off from Peru (in a long no-dialogue scene) in a storm with two passengers; it lands in Panama with one. The missing man had valuable oil-location maps; everyone who is after ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Pat O'Brien, Walter Slezak, Anne Jeffreys
Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An American agent is assigned to track down a renegade Soviet spy who is building an atomic device in Los Angeles and plans to destroy the city with it.

Director: Eddie Davis
Stars: Howard Duff, Linda Cristal, Stephen McNally
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi
Yokel Boy (1942)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A "Perfect Movie Fan",Joe Ruddy, is brought to Hollywood as a publicity stunt, and is put in charge of a production company as a gag, but everybody isn't in on the gag, and Joe imports a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Santley
Stars: Albert Dekker, Joan Davis, Eddie Foy Jr.
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When part of Oklahoma Territory becomes officially part of the U.S., Vance Cordrell is forced to deal with some of the most infamous outlaws of the Old West.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Robert Ryan, Anne Jeffreys
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Fred, George, Doug and Howie are quickly reaching middle-age. Three of them are married, only Fred is still a bachelor. They want something different than their ordinary marriages, children... See full summary »

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Kim Novak, James Garner, Tony Randall
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A hapless husband searches for buried treasure at a dude ranch; meanwhile, his wife wants a divorce and bank robbers want him dead.

Director: Leslie Goodwins
Stars: Jack Haley, Anne Jeffreys, Wally Brown
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Cliff Little
...
Eddie McCabe
...
Phillip Munson
...
Guido
...
Marie Lamont
Otto Reichow ...
Otto
...
Leonard Jones
...
Kurt (as Wolfgang Zilser)
...
Hans (as H. H. Von Twardowski)
...
Mayor Fadden
...
German Radio Operator (as William Vaughn)
Edit

Storyline

Ozark thrush Judy Hull inadvertently shoots a pigeon carrying a message from a secret Nazi spy nest in the United States, and becomes a national heroine. Philip Munson ,head of the spy ring with headquarters in a secret room at the "Club 76", which he operates, receives orders from the Gestapo to immediately liquidate her as an object lesson to all Americans who might try to emulate her. When theatrical agents Cliff Little and Eddie McCabe come to Munson's office with Marie Lamont , a dancer they are trying to promote, Munson conceives a scheme whereby Judy will be brought to him, rather than him going to the Ozarks to liquidate her. He tells Little and McCabe that if they will produce the now-famous Judy Hull as an entertainer at his club, he might be interested in making a deal to employ their client Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THEY'LL FLOOR YOU! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Music | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 July 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Judy, espionne improvisée  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 5, 1945 with Judy Canova and Joe E. Brown reprising their film roles. See more »

Goofs

Cliff Little (Joe E. Brown) states that the Ozarks are mountains. Wrong! They are actually hills. See more »

Soundtracks

Wabash Blues
Written by Dave Ringle and Fred Meinken
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Strictly From The Piney Woods
18 February 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It is still fascinating at just how much America's movie going public apparently wanted to believe that we were facing idiots during World War II. There can be no other explanation for Joan Of Ozark, especially coming out in early 1942 when major studios let alone B picture studios like Republic were rushing out with propaganda films of very dubious quality.

What's sad to me was that Joe E. Brown and Judy Canova were a good team with their popularity in the red states. It's too bad they didn't get better material.

Joan Of Ozark finds Judy in her hillbilly persona accidentally shooting down a carrier pigeon that is carrying secret coded messages from a Nazi spy headquarters in The Ozarks. Immediately she's proclaimed a national heroine, but in Berlin she's the deepest darkest kind of villain impeding the Nazi war machine. Orders straight from Himmler come to get Judy Canova and make her an example lest more John Q. Citizens interfere.

How to do it though? The head of the spy ring Jerome Cowan comes up with a brilliant idea. Cowan also doubles as a nightclub owner and he gets gullible agents Joe E. Brown and Eddie Foy, Jr., to stop trying to sell their client Anne Jeffreys and go to the Ozarks and fetch Judy as a club attraction, the better for the Nazis to get access.

Of course Joe and Judy in their guileless ways manage to foil the villains of course. You expected something else?

As an example of wartime propaganda of the worst kind you'd have to go some to find something worse than Joan Of Ozark. All the cast members do deserve some kind of commendation for managing to keep a straight face through all this drivel.


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?