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A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)
Theodore Pratt (from a story by)
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Release Date:
30 May 1942 (USA) See more »
a good girl -- to let alone! See more »
Danny and Steve are migrant farm workers who wind up in Cat Tail, Florida. Cat Tail is run by Madden... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ann Sheridan ... Lola Mears

Ronald Reagan ... Steve Talbot
Richard Whorf ... Danny Frazier

George Tobias ... Nick Garcos

Gene Lockhart ... Henry Madden

Alan Hale ... 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

Frank Wilcox ... Truck Driver (scenes deleted)

William Haade ... Watchman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Al Bridge ... Farmer Hiring Bean Pickers (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Ed, a Farmer (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Farmer Helping Nick to Load (uncredited)

Clancy Cooper ... Farmer in Muckeye's (uncredited)
William Edmunds ... Travitti, Atlanta Produce Dealer (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Joan Fitzgerald ... Juke Girl (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Mike, Timmony Driver (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Atlanta Policeman (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Deputy Getting Rifle (uncredited)
William Gould ... Deputy Turnkey (uncredited)

Chuck Hamilton ... Extra in Mob Scene (uncredited)

Kenneth Harlan ... Atlanta Produce Dealer (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Atlanta Postal Clerk (uncredited)
Payne B. Johnson ... Country Boy (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Bean Picker (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Detective (uncredited)
Patrick McVey ... Bean Picker (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Farmer in Front of Madden's (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Bean Picker (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Atlanta Produce Dealer (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Farmer (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Man in Lynch Mob (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Farmer (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Motorist Buying 6 Cents of Gas (uncredited)
Dan White ... Bartender at Muckeye's / Timmony Driver (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Bean Picker (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Extra Watching Fight (uncredited)

Directed by
Curtis Bernhardt 
Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay)

Theodore Pratt (from a story by)

Kenneth Gamet (adaptation)

Produced by
Jack Saper .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
Bert Glennon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Warren Low (film editor)
Art Direction by
Robert M. Haas  (as Robert Haas)
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hugh Cummings .... dialogue director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)
  • Warner Bros. (1942) (USA) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Did You Know?

Many actors listed in studio records and in casting call lists were not seen in the movie. These were Farmers Hank Mann, Don Turner, 'Paul Panzer' and Frank Darien, and Jack Gardner, Fred Kelsey, Frank Pharr, Ray Teal, William 'Bill' Phillips and Victor Zimmerman.See more »
Continuity: When Nick gets to Atlanta, the amount of beans he is carrying decreases significantly between the time he shows the full bushel to the group of buyers and when he goes to see Paley.See more »
Lola Mears:Look bud, every time a freight train shakes itself fleas like you come hopping out.See more »
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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cat By The Tail, 25 July 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan connected in ways similar to William Powell and Myrna Loy and Spencer Tracy and Kathryn Hepburn. Their crowning achievement was to appear as somewhat star crossed lovers in the Hollywood classic "King's Row," undoubtedly Ronald Reagan's best moments on the big screen. Since this film, "Juke Girl" was released the same year, understandably it was basically ignored in favor of the much grander screen adaptation of a popular novel. An other feature of this film that perhaps leads to its virtual neglect today is the title, which sounds like one of the tawdry passion pit flicks of the 1950's.

A possible surprise for today's viewer is the political stance taken by actor Reagan in "Juke Girl" for the migrant workers and small farmers against the corruption of the local business interests, much different that the position taken by President Reagan years later. But then this picture was made many years before Reagan would become enamored of Nancy Davis and make her his second wife. She turned Reagan around in more ways than one.

The story is a good one, though a bit bottom heavy in that much of the excitement and action, including a murder, comes near the end. Steve Talbot (Reagan) and his best buddy, Danny Frazier (Richard Whorf), are hoboing across the country (the Depression was just winding down in 1942 because of World War II) looking for work of any kind with Steve preferring farm labor when they get involved with local labor unrest in a nowhere place called Cat Tail, Florida.

Just before reaching the small, farming community, a girl called Skeeter (Betty Brewer) befriends them and takes a particular liking to Steve. Her place in the story is somewhat vague other than to add a bit of humor and a down-home quality to the film. Steve and Danny hook up with the juke girl of the title, Lola Mears (Sheridan), and her co-entertainer, Murph (Faye Emerson). Steve falls for Lola but Lola puts up a tough, don't tread on me veneer when obviously inside, her heart turns to mush when Steve is near.

Looking for jobs brings them into contact with the local boss, Henry Madden (Gene Lockhart), who virtually runs the town, except surprisingly not the law. Madden's henchman, Cully (Howard Da Silva), takes a dislike to Steve and Danny from the beginning and attempts to bully them around. Danny ultimately throws in with Madden while Steve throws in with a local farmer, Nick Garcos, the Greek (George Tobias), being exploited by Madden. Thus Steve and Danny become rivals and friendly enemies. A foreman for Madden, "Yip" (Alan Hale), befriends both Steve and Danny. Eventually, Lola throws in with Steve and Nick and the fun begins.

The acting is first rate. The two leads give their usual fine performances, with such great character actors as Donald MacBride, Fuzzy Knight, Eddy Waller, aka Nugget Clark, Guy Wilkerson, aka Panhandle Perkins, Glenn Strange, aka the Frankenstein monster, and even William Hopper, aka Paul Drake, helping out in bit parts. Ann Sheridan is given an opportunity to sing and dance which is always a treat. Of special note is the talented comedian, Willie Best, as a street vendor peddling lucky rabbit feet called Jo-Mo.

The crisp black and white photography by Bert Glennon captures the look and feel of the Depression in Florida. A few of the shots are reminiscent of those by Gregg Toland in John Ford's masterpiece, "The Grapes of Wrath," not surprising since Glennon assisted Ford from time to time with his cinematography.

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