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Juke Girl (1942)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  30 May 1942 (USA)
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Danny and Steve are migrant farm workers who wind up in Cat Tail, Florida. Cat Tail is run by Madden Packing and Danny works for Madden while Steve works for the underdog farmer named Nick.... See full summary »

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Steve Talbot
Richard Whorf ...
Danny Frazier
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Nick Garcos
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Henry Madden
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Yippee
Betty Brewer ...
Skeeter
Howard Da Silva ...
Cully (as Howard da Silva)
Donald MacBride ...
'Muckeye' John
Willard Robertson ...
Mister Just
Faye Emerson ...
Violet 'Murph' Murphy
Willie Best ...
Jo-Mo
Fuzzy Knight ...
Ike Harper
Spencer Charters ...
Keeno
William B. Davidson ...
Paley
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Danny and Steve are migrant farm workers who wind up in Cat Tail, Florida. Cat Tail is run by Madden Packing and Danny works for Madden while Steve works for the underdog farmer named Nick. After the Tomato crop is destroyed by Madden, Steve takes Nick, Lola and the next crop to Atlanta where they sell it for big money. Danny is going up with Madden and thinks Steve is a sucker for working in the dirt. Lola stays in Atlanta while Nick and Steve go back to Cat Tail and the real trouble begins. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Sure She's Easy To Meet .....but try and forget her! See more »


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Pés Inquietos  »

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Trivia

Ida Lupino was considered for the part, but the actress felt her accent made it an inappropriate role. See more »

Goofs

When Steve Steve looks at Lola in rear view mirror of his truck, her image is not reversed (signs on building behind her don't read backward). See more »

Quotes

Lola Mears: Look bud, every time a freight train shakes itself fleas like you come hopping out.
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Featured in This Theatre and You (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Got Me a Blue Bell
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by Betty Brewer (uncredited) in Tent City
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'40s melodrama starring our ex-President
6 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People criticize Ronald Reagan's acting ability - granted, he never gained superstar status, and he was quite limited. However, for what he did, he could be very charming. He also always seemed relaxed in front of the camera.

Reagan costars here with Ann Sheridan in 1942's "Juke Girl," sort of a weaker "Grapes of Wrath," with Gene Lockhart as an unscrupulous businessman who is cheating the local farmers by paying them low prices and making sure they can't sell anywhere else. Reagan and Richard Wharf, as Steve and Danny, are two drifters who arrive in a small town populated by farmers. There Steve meets and falls for Lola (Sheridan) who works in the local bar. As he endeavors to help a local farmer, Nick (George Tobias) who has fought with Madden (Lockhart) and has now seen his crops destroyed, Steve gets more than he bargained for. The result is murder.

Entertaining Warner Brothers effort, perhaps not the most original plot you've ever seen, but you'll keep watching. Ann Sheridan was kind of a poor man's Rita Hayworth - the redhead had that been around the block presence, a low voice, and a toughness, all of which were appealing in any film in which she appeared. Gene Lockhart does a great job as a bully who underneath is terrified, and George Tobias is sympathetic as Nick Garcos, who wants to buck the system. Reagan comes off well as a determined young man who believes in doing the right thing.

If you're a fan of Sheridan's or love the Warner's potboilers, this is worth seeing.


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