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Release Date:
13 April 1944 (USA) See more »
ITS A CARNIVAL OF SWING! ()riginal poster-all caps) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Ann Miller ... Terry Baxter

Jess Barker ... George Carter Haven
Charles D. Brown ... Raymond Stuart
Eddie Kane ... Lloyd Marley
George Eldredge ... Berkeley Bell

Renie Riano ... Ms. Tobin

Clarence Muse ... Henry
Pauline Drake ... Evelyn
Charles La Torre ... Coletti
Anne Loos ... Neva Canendish

Ray Walker ... Fred Wylie
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's Orchestra ... Alvino Rey Orchestra
Jan Garber's Orchestra ... Jan Garber Orchestra
Glen Gray's Orchestra ... Glen Gray Orchestra
Teddy Powell's Orchestra ... Teddy Powell Orchestra
The Pied Pipers ... The Pied Pipers

Nan Wynn ... Nan Wynn
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Ake ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)

Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong (uncredited)

Charlie Barnet ... Charlie Barnet (uncredited)

Hank Bell ... Stagecoach Driver in Movie (uncredited)

Eddie Bruce ... Tour Guide (uncredited)
Daisy Bufford ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)
Marguerite Campbell ... Jitterbug (uncredited)

George M. Carleton ... Cap (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Dancer (uncredited)
Paul Conrad ... Rip (uncredited)

Vernon Dent ... Butler (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Resident Mistaken for Raymond Stuart (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Designer (uncredited)

Margaret Fealy ... Old Lady (uncredited)
Allen Fox ... Cutter (uncredited)
Joanne Frank ... Girl (uncredited)
Louise Franklin ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)

Terry Frost ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Jan Garber ... Jan Garber (uncredited)

Glen Gray ... Glen Gray (uncredited)
Charles Haefeli ... 2nd Stagecoach Hold-up Man (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Smart Young Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
Suzette Harbin ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)
Hal Hopper ... Pied Pipers Member (uncredited)
Marilyn Johnson ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Luise King ... Stringy the Talking Guitar (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Sound Engineer (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Jackson (uncredited)
Eddie Laughton ... Joe - Assistant Director (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Vincent Blake (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Joe - Stagecoach Guard (uncredited)
George McKay ... Dave (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)

Frank O'Connor ... Studio Workman (uncredited)

Larry Parks ... Superba Pictures Actor (uncredited)
Teddy Powell ... Teddy Powell (uncredited)
Alvino Rey ... Alvino Rey (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Andy Russell ... Guitarist in Alvino Rey's Orchestra (uncredited)
Bill Shawn ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jo Stafford ... Pied Piper Member (uncredited)
Alan Storr ... Pied Piper Member (uncredited)

Ben Taggart ... Willie (uncredited)
J. Reilly Thompson ... Jitterbug (uncredited)
Victor Travis ... Actor (uncredited)

John Tyrrell ... Director (uncredited)

Robert Williams ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Constance Worth ... Ms. Dooley (uncredited)
Clark Yocum ... Pied Piper Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Barton 
Writing credits
Manuel Seff (screenplay)

Harlan Ware (story) and
Patterson McNutt (story)

Produced by
Irving Briskin .... producer
Cinematography by
L. William O'Connell  (as L.W. O'Connell)
Film Editing by
Richard Fantl 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Paul Murphy 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Earl Bellamy .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Holly .... sound engineer
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Other crew
Stanley Donen .... choreographer
William R. Anderson .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not so hot Swing band review, 9 May 2008
Author: donofthedial from United States

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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