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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
Charlie Barnet ... Charlie Barnet
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra ... Charlie Barnet Orchestra (as Charlie Barnet's Orchestra)

Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
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
The Pied Pipers ... The Pied Pipers
Hal Hopper ... Pied Pipers Member (as The Pied Pipers)
Jo Stafford ... Pied Piper Member (as The Pied Pipers)
Alan Storr ... Pied Piper Member (as The Pied Pipers)
Clark Yocum ... Pied Piper Member (as The Pied Pipers)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doris Ake ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (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)
Pauline Drake ... Evelyn (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Designer (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Berkeley Bell (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)

Richard 'Skeets' Gallagher ... Raymond Stuart (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)
Marilyn Johnson ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Lloyd Marley (uncredited)
Luise King ... Stringy the Talking Guitar (voice) (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Sound Engineer (uncredited)
Charles La Torre ... Coletti (uncredited)

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

Nelson Leigh ... Vincent Blake (uncredited)
Anne Loos ... Neva Canendish (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Joe - Stagecoach Guard (uncredited)
George McKay ... Dave (uncredited)

Clarence Muse ... Henry (uncredited)
Florence O'Brien ... Woman Armstrong Sings To (uncredited)

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

Larry Parks ... Superba Pictures Actor (uncredited)

Renie Riano ... Ms. Tobin (uncredited)
Dick Rush ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Andy Russell ... Guitarist in Alvino Rey's Orchestra (uncredited)
Bill Shawn ... Dancer (uncredited)

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

John Tyrrell ... Director (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Fred Wylie (uncredited)

Robert Williams ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Constance Worth ... Ms. Dooley (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Barton 
Writing credits
Harlan Ware (story) and
Patterson McNutt (story)

Manuel Seff (screenplay)

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
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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Ann Miller and some popular bands of the day in pleasant little B-film..., 13 April 2010
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

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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