Jam Session (1944)

Approved  |   |  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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Duke Ellington and Orchestra perform 'C Jam Blues'.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jess Barker ...
George Carter Haven
Charlie Barnet ...
Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra ...
Charlie Barnet Orchestra (as Charlie Barnet's Orchestra)
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ...
Louis Armstrong Orchestra (as Louis Armstrong's Orchestra)
Alvino Rey ...
Alvino Rey
Alvino Rey's Orchestra ...
Alvino Rey Orchestra
Jan Garber ...
Jan Garber
Jan Garber's Orchestra ...
Jan Garber Orchestra
Glen Gray ...
Glen Gray
Glen Gray's Orchestra ...
Glen Gray Orchestra
Teddy Powell ...
Teddy Powell
Teddy Powell's Orchestra ...
Teddy Powell Orchestra
Nan Wynn ...
Nan Wynn


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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Lyrics by Bill Carey
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Not so hot Swing band review
9 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It took me decades to finally view this film and I am glad I kept busy all those years for JAM SESSION is a bit of a miss-fire.

The fact that there is no story of consequence is moot point. The reason to see the film is the bands, singers and Ann Miller.

I must say that I have never seen Ann Miller look lovelier and more appealing. Sadly, she only gets one number at the end and it isn't a stunner.

The bands and the vocalists - a first rate line up of largely disappointing appearances with the emphasis on novelty tunes.

Armstrong - excellent.

Garber - much better then expected for Garber.

Rey - weird novelty number.

Powell - dreary comedy performance of a clever tune. What a waste of a good, forgotten band.

Barnet - the great Charlie Barnet band plays their immortal hit CHEROKEE. Well played, but no visual excitement.

Glen Gray/Casa Loma - same as above with NO NAME JIVE.

Nan Gray - OK

Jo Stafford and the Pied Pipers perform their old Tommy Dorsey hit, IT STARTED ALL OVER AGAIN. Excellent! Jo Stafford never looked better! She was 25 years old and looks right off the farm with a fresh face and big eyes to match her high hair do. An exceptional performance by Jo and the Pied Pipers in an unexceptional film. I think she hit 91 years old this year, so God bless her!

Clean. crisp photography.

That sums it up.

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