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Get Hep to Love (1942)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Drama | 2 October 1942 (USA)
Orphan prodigy singer runs away from her oppressive aunt and tricks a rural couple into adopting her.


Charles Lamont


Jay Dratler (screenplay), M.M. Musselman (story)




Cast overview:
Gloria Jean ... Doris Stanley
Donald O'Connor ... Jimmy Arnold
Jane Frazee ... Ann Winters
Robert Paige ... Stephen Winters
Peggy Ryan ... Betty Blake
Edith Barrett ... Miss Roberts
Cora Sue Collins ... Elaine Sterling
Nana Bryant ... Aunt Addie
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Hardwicke
John Abbott ... Prof. Radowsky
Millard Mitchell ... McCarthy
Tim Ryan ... Detective Tucker
Douglas Scott ... Ronald Stacey
Virginia Brissac ... Mrs. Brown
The Jivin' Jacks and Jills ... Dancers


Doris Stanley (Gloria Jean), a budding concert artist, leaves home to escape her Aunt Addie (Nana Bryant), a slave-driving, money-grubber, who hires a private detective to find her. Meanwhile, she gets "adopted" and sheltered by Ann (Jane Frazee) and Steven Winters (Robert Paige), a childless married coupled, and goes to a high school, filled with jivin', jumpin' jitter-buggers.. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION OF Juvenile Jive! (original print ad - many caps)


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Cast member Cora Sue Collins attended a rare screening of Get Hep to Love at Cinecon on August 31, 2019, and admitted that, in the 77 years since its release, she still had not seen the film. See more »


Gas Station Attendant: [after patching Jimmy's flat tire] There you are. That's the most amount of tire you can still get legal. Six and a quarter, including labor.
Jimmy Arnold: Six and a quarter for that? Why, there's more rubber on top of a pencil!
Gas Station Attendant: Try riding around on a pencil.
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Featured in Keep 'Em Slugging (1943) See more »


Semper Libre
from "La Traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung by Gloria Jean
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Well-made "B" Musical
13 July 2005 | by Tom_BarristerSee all my reviews

Put such as Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, and Gloria Jean into a movie, and one would think that it'd be fast paced and full of songs, dance routines, and comedy, with a story thrown in as an afterthought. In most cases, one would be right. It's thus a pleasant surprise that "Get Hep to Love" doesn't fit that mold. The movie actually has a plot, a well-constructed (if a bit far-fetched) story (courtesy of master writer Jay Dratler), and good directing and acting.

The plot is straightforward: an orphaned 14 year old child prodigy singer is oppressed and driven by her aunt in the name of money. She rebels, runs away from home, and ends up tricking a rural couple into adopting her. The usual complications result from her adventures, but of course everything ends up fine in the end.

The acting is first-rate, as was usually the case with Universal. Gloria Jean does a fine job of playing the orphan. The supporting cast: stock Universal actors Jane Frazee, Robert Paige, Nana Bryant, Edith Barrett, Irving Bacon, Milliard Mitchell, etc., all perform their roles well and believably.

The movie does have its 'hep' moments with a lot of dialog and jokes that were popular with the teens of that era. Donald O'Connor and Peggy Ryan are their usual zany selves, and they perform one of their hectic dance routines. Popular teen soprano Gloria Jean sings a few songs (including the flashy aria "Siempre Libre" from the opera "La Traviata").

This musical isn't shown often on TV anymore (very few of the "B" musicals are nowadays). However, you can buy a VHS copy of the movie directly from Gloria Jean herself on her website. IMDb rules don't allow the posting of an URL, but you can probably find the website with your favorite search engine, using her full name ("Gloria Jean Schoonover") as keywords.

All in all, this is a movie worth seeing if you get the chance.

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Release Date:

2 October 1942 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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