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Song of the Open Road (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 21 June 1944 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Bergen ...
Charlie McCarthy ...
Charlie
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Bonnie
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W, C, Fields
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra ...
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Jane Powell
Peggy O'Neill ...
Peggy
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Jack Moran
Bill Christy ...
Bill
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Director Curtis
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Mrs. Powell
The Condos Brothers ...
Specialty (as Condos Brothers)
The Lipham Four ...
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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 Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Sinfonia Rústica  »

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The film opened in New York on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the day that the Allied Forces during World War II landed on the beach at Normandy and invaded Europe. The landing has been commemorated in several films, including D-Day the Sixth of June (1956), The Longest Day (1962), and Saving Private Ryan (1998). See more »

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References Mad About Music (1938) See more »

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Delightfully Dangerous
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Danced by The Condos Brothers
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Jane Powell's first film. W.C. Fields' last film. A tuneful delight!
10 July 2001 | by (New York City, USA) – See all my reviews

Jane Powell's film debut is now forgotten and seems to have disappeared into obscurity--unlike her later MGM technicolored treats. A pity, because this cheerful tale of a teenaged movie star, fed up with her mediocre films and bland girl-next-door image, runs off incognito to join a group of youngsters striving to preserve the fruitions of farming. If that synopsis sounds dated, it certainly is, and who cares?. The plot is a serviceable enough vehicle for an unpretentious, black-and-white, engaging spotlight for a number of first-rate songs (Jane's zesty renditions of the catchy "Rolling Down the Road," "Here it is Monday"; and the underrated Jackie Moran's haunting rendition of the lovely, wistful ballad "Too Much In Love," deserving its Oscar nomination for Best Song). Plus a finale with special appearances by, among others, the Great Man W.C. Fields, absolutely dead-on hilarious in his last film appearance. AMC has the rights to this film and every two years or so, sneaks it quietly into early A.M. slots when they figure no one is watching TV anyway. A pity, because this low-keyed gloriously melodic charmer is first-rate in every department and deserves a long-overdue rescue from obscurity.


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