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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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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IT'S A JIVE HIT! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil)
Written by Ary Barroso
English lyrics by Bob Russell (as S.K. Russell)
Sung and danced by Rita Hayworth (singing dubbed by Nan Wynn)
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A apt vehicle for Ann Miller
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ann Miller shines in this oft-used tale playing a small town girl trying to break into Hollywood.

This is a movie about making a movie. Not any movie, mind you, but this movie, a movie named "Jam Session." A writer is hired to write a plot to tie together performances by several big bands, not true jam sessions, however, or even staged ones, but rather numbers performed and filmed for the movie within the movie (making the title a bit of a misnomer).

Ann's character carries a letter of introduction to the head of the studio which just happens to be the one making Jam Session, but she can't get past the door. Not one to give up, she attempts to get into the studio by whatever means, including posing as secretary to the movie's screenwriter. (It's a bit of fun watching her character trying to figure out a typewriter.)

As for the musical numbers, they kick off with one by trumpet master Louis Armstrong. A couple of throw-away novelty numbers follow, but pick up again with the Pied Pipers, a perennial favorite, and with Nan Wynn, the vocalist featured in the opening credits. Naturally, without belaboring the plot points, everything works out in the end with a production number featuring our gal Ann.


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