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Release Date:
3 January 1948 (USA) See more »
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Freddie Stewart ... Freddie Trimball
June Preisser ... Dodie Rogers

Frankie Darro ... Roy Donne
Warren Mills ... Lee Watson

Noel Neill ... Betty Rogers
Donald MacBride ... Phineas Wharton, Sr. / Phineas Wharton, Jr.
Martha Davis ... Singer
Candy Candido ... Alvin, Peabody's Nephew

Harry Tyler ... Mr. Peabody
Monte Collins ... College-Dean McKinley (as Monte F. Collins)
Billy Snyder ... Policeman
Tommy Mack ... Murphy
Peggy Wynne ... Miss Palmer
George Offerman Jr. ... Breezie of The Harmonica Boys
George Fields ... Eddie of The Harmonica Boys
Don Ripps ... Joe of The Harmonica Boys
Dick Paxton ... Johnny of The Harmonica Boys
Gene Krupa and His Orchestra ... Orchestra (as Gene Kupa's Orchestra)

Gene Krupa ... Gene Krupa
Butch Stone ... Butch (as Henry 'Butch' Stone)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Harmonica Boys ... Harmonica Group

Directed by
Will Jason 
Writing credits
Hal Collins (screenplay)

Monte Collins (original story) (as Monte F. Collins) and
Hal Collins (original story)

Produced by
Maurice Duke .... associate producer
Will Jason .... producer
Cinematography by
Mack Stengler (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William Austin  (as Will Austin)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Ken Schwartz 
Makeup Department
Harry Ross .... makeup artist
Production Management
Glenn Cook .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
George Booker .... grip (uncredited)
James Fullerton .... still photographer (uncredited)
Lester Shorr .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephanie Koret .... girls' wardrobe
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director (as Edward Kay)
Other crew
Monte Collins .... dialogue director (as Monte F. Collins)
Evelyn Earle .... script supervisor (uncredited)

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Additional Details

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Smart Politics (1948), 25 December 2004
Author: Art Daane from South Africa

Correction about Harmonica Players in this movie.

They were not The Cappy Barra Harmonica Boys but "The Harmonica Boys" with: George Offerman (stand-in) Dick Paxton (stand-in) George Fields (Chromatic Harmonica Player) Don Ripps (Bass Harmonica Player) Both Fields and Ripps were outstanding harmonica players. Fields had been with The Cappy Barras and Ripps with The Borrah Minevitch Harmonica Rascals, The Cappy Barras and The Harmonica Ripples. Ripps has passed away but Fields is living in Palm Springs. Movie comment: Average "High School movie" but the Harmonica playing is excellent on two occasions. The sound tracks were dubbed by Fields and Ripps for, the two stand-ins in order to give it a quartet sound. The dubbing by these two excellent players is of a high standard. A movie well worth having, especially for Harmonica Players!

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