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Jive Junction (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 16 December 1943 (USA)
A young, classical-trained musician, Peter Crane, transfers from the Conservatory to Clinton High School, where he finds his music in conflict to that of the high school's world of jive and... See full summary »

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Malvin Wald (story), Walter Doniger (story) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Dickie Moore ... Peter Crane
Tina Thayer ... Claire Emerson
Gerra Young Gerra Young ... Gerra Young
John Michaels John Michaels ... Jimmy Emerson (as Johnny Michaels)
Jack Wagner Jack Wagner ... Grant Saunders
Jan Wiley ... Miss Forbes
Beverly Boyd Beverly Boyd ... Cubby
William Halligan William Halligan ... Mr. Maglodian (as Bill Halligan)
Johnny Duncan ... Frank
Johnny Clark Johnny Clark ... Chick
Friedrich Feher ... Frederick Feher (as Frederick Feher)
Caral Ashley Caral Ashley ... Mary
Odessa Lauren Odessa Lauren ... Girl (as Odessa Laurin)
Robert McKenzie ... Sheriff (as Bob McKenzie)
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A young, classical-trained musician, Peter Crane, transfers from the Conservatory to Clinton High School, where he finds his music in conflict to that of the high school's world of jive and Hep Cats. Claire falls for Peter, who is warned to stay away from her by Grant Saunders. Later, for fear of hurting his hands, Peter backs down from a fight with Saunders and is deemed a coward by Claire and his classmates. He also goes home that day to find that his father has been killed in action overseas. He turns to jive and is soon leading the school band, which is entered in a national contest. On the night of the finals competition, the band, through an accident, find they have no instruments. Peter rushes to his old professor at the Conservatory, who lends him the instruments from a Symphony Orchestra he conducts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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We're Just In-Between
(1943)
Music and Lyrics by Lew Porter and Leo Erdody
Sung by Gerra Young, Beverly Boyd and others in the high school band contest
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Dreck Junction
28 June 2007 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

This film was produced by Producers Releasing Corp. (PRC), among the so-called "Poverty Row" film studios of the 1930s and 40s. So you can imagine how little money was spent making it.

The music is forgettable. Cast member Gerra Young does exhibit an operatic-quality voice, but is sort of a discount Deanna Durbin. The IMDb database doesn't show any other film appearances for her, so let's hope she was able to move on to some kind of position in Grand Opera.

The opening credits for the print recently broadcast by Turner Classic Movies indicates this film has been preserved by the National Film Museum. This immediately begs the question—WHY?

Are their resources so plentiful that they can afford to preserve junk? Some low-budget or B musicals of that era have redeeming features which make them worthwhile. This film has none.

In my opinion, skip this movie. It REALLY wastes an hour of your time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1943 (USA) See more »

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Swing High See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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