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Song of the Open Road (1944)

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

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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 ...
Orchestra
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Jane Powell
Peggy O'Neill ...
Peggy
Jackie Moran ...
Jack Moran
Bill Christy ...
Bill
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Director Curtis
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Connors
Rose Hobart ...
Mrs. Powell
The Condos Brothers ...
Specialty (as Condos Brothers)
The Lipham Four ...
Specialty (as Lipham Four)
Catron & Popp ...
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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

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References Mad About Music (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Here It Is Monday
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Sung by Jane Powell with Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
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Would LOVE to see it again...and again.
29 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't count the number of unsuccessful hours I have spent searching for a copy of the precious movie on the Internet. I was so impressed with it that, in the fall of 1944 and at the age of eight, I ran away from home. Came back the next day. I guess Jane was better prepared! I have read and reread her biography, The Girl Next Door which makes this, her first film, all the more amazing. Regardless, if anyone knows where a copy of this adorable film is available, please contact me. I would certainly appreciate receiving an email about getting a copy or just a general chit-chat about my first love. Ron in Texas (gingaw@earthlink.net)


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