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Jam Session (1944)

 -  Comedy | Music  -  13 April 1944 (USA)
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Terry Baxter is a never-say-die Hollywood newcomer from Waterfall Kansas, determined to make it big. And does she have talent. Filled, of course, with lots of musical numbers that showcase her many talents.

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Terry Baxter
Jess Barker ...
George Carter Haven
Charlie Barnet ...
Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra ...
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (as Charlie Barnet's Orchestra)
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Alvino Rey ...
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Jan Garber ...
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Glen Gray ...
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Teddy Powell ...
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Nan Wynn ...
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Kansas girl Terry Baxter has won a trip to Hollywood, tries to get a job as a dancer and ends up as secretary of screenwriter Haven. She mixes up the scripts, is fired and when she tries to explain to him what happened, she tries to break in a residence - she belives it belongs Haven's boss Stuart, but she is wrong - and is arrested. But Stuart and Haven don't let her drop. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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ITS A CARNIVAL OF SWING! ()riginal poster-all caps) See more »

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St. Louis Blues
Written by W.C. Handy
Performed by Alvino Rey, Alvino Rey's Orchestra and Luise King (as Strnigy the Talking Guitar)
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Ann Miller and some popular bands of the day in pleasant little B-film...
13 April 2010 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Watching JAM SESSION, the big question that comes to mind is why on earth did it take ANN MILLER so long to break into A-films and become a big musical star? She had pep, verve, charm, an overload of personality and those twinkling dancing feet. She plays a girl with aspirations for becoming a Hollywood movie star, even breaking into studios to pretend being secretary to handsome JESS BARKER, or onto movie sets to watch a musical number being filmed while she watches from the sidelines.

The big drawback is that Ann doesn't get to do her own "Victory" dance routine until the final five minutes or so. Then she gets her big production number with a sizzling routine that ought to have convinced MGM to take her away from Columbia much earlier than they did.

Several popular bands and band singers of the day are featured in a thin plot that has the usual predictable ending for these sort of show biz stories. For fans of 1940s nostalgia, there are The Pied Pipers with Jo Stafford, Nan Wynn, and bands like Charlie Barnet, Glen Gray, Alvino Ray, Teddy Powell, etc., all squeezed into the running time of this Columbia B-film with Ann Miller in the lead.

A pleasant diversion, the sort of programmer Miller was featured in more often than not.


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