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Juke Girl (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 May 1942 (USA)
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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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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Ida Lupino was considered for the part, but the actress felt her accent made it an inappropriate role. See more »

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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 »

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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 »

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Slaphappy Pappy
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
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Unlikable protagonists vs stereotypical antagonists
28 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Surprisingly angry melodrama from Warner Bros. about migrant worker Ronald Reagan versus local fat cat Gene Lockhart. I've seen movies similar to this from WB and other studios before. But this one is just dripping with anger from the start, even before Lockhart does anything that bad. As a matter of fact, while I understand the bare bones black & white morality of the story and sympathize with the plight of the "heroes," it was hard to really root for them. I'm trying to put my finger on why. I think it's because most of the time in these types of movies the good guys start out trying to be reasonable and law-abiding but are forced to take action when the law isn't on their side. But here the good guys are jerks from the start who break the law, as well as their word, with little to no provocation. It just felt like an extreme position to take early on. It was almost as if they took for granted the audience's sympathies and didn't feel the need to earn them. I suppose this could be true of the time it came out but many other similarly-themed films of the period didn't handle it this way.

Of note mostly today for Ronald Reagan, icon of conservative Republicans, playing a sort of leftist character. Reagan does fine. It's not one of his stronger roles. Ann Sheridan does better and is probably the standout of the picture. She had perfected her "world-weary working class girl" character by this time. Gene Lockhart and Howard Da Silva play the heavies. These are shallow roles both men could play in their sleep. Alan Hale provides comic relief. George Tobias is annoying and one of the primary reasons it was hard for me to root for the good guys. All in all, it's an OK time-passer but ultimately forgettable.


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