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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

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 ...
Specialty (as 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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Comedy | Musical

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21 June 1944 (USA)  »

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Sinfonia Rústica  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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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 »

Soundtracks

Rollin' Down the Road
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Sung by Jane Powell and chorus
Played often in the score
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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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