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Fred M. Wilcox
Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth hostels and picking crops while adult farmworkers are at war. Totally clueless about the real world, befuddled Jane is embroiled in teen-romance complications while Mother frantically searches. Will her stardom help or hinder her new friends? W.C. Fields does a short act with Bergen and McCarthy. Written by
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Director S. Sylvan Simon had terrible difficulty filming scenes with W.C. Fields due to Fields' alcoholism. After lunch hour he was often nowhere to be found. This problem was solved by luring Fields into his truck early in the day and removing the ladder. Fields would often rant and complain before eventually falling asleep. See more »
Gacky juvenile musical with debut of Jane Powell - too sweet for words
The cast of youthful aspirants in this contrived film are all so cheerful you want to slap them. It's ROMAN HOLIDAY meets BABES IN ARMS. Jane Powell appears as herself in her first film, playing a beleagured child star, who escapes and joins a youth hostel to pick vegetables and fruits (Don't ask!!!) She is insipidly awful when she tries to act and the plot is so ridiculous that one can't take it seriously, even within the context of a musical. Thank goodness there's Charlie McCarthy and W.C. Fields (in his last film) to add some bite and spice to the works. The film inexplicably earned Oscar noms for Scoring and Song. It looks for all the world like a Deanna Durbin vehicle and Miss Powell is directed to look and sing and move and behave as if she were the inimitable Ms. Durbin, but she's all falseness where Deanna was completely natural. A world of difference. Avoid unless you're a Powell fan and can forgive her.
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