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Juke Girl (1942)

Danny and Steve are migrant farm workers who wind up in Cat Tail, Florida. Cat Tail is run by Madden Packing and Danny works for Madden while Steve works for the underdog farmer named Nick.... See full summary »

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Curtis Bernhardt

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A.I. Bezzerides (screenplay), Theodore Pratt (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Lola Mears
Ronald Reagan ... Steve Talbot
Richard Whorf ... Danny Frazier
George Tobias ... Nick Garcos
Gene Lockhart ... Henry Madden
Alan Hale ... Yippee
Betty Brewer ... Skeeter
Howard Da Silva ... Cully (as Howard da Silva)
Donald MacBride ... 'Muckeye' John
Willard Robertson ... Mister Just
Faye Emerson ... Violet 'Murph' Murphy
Willie Best ... Jo-Mo
Fuzzy Knight ... Ike Harper
Spencer Charters ... Keeno
William B. Davidson ... Paley
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Storyline

Danny and Steve are migrant farm workers who wind up in Cat Tail, Florida. Cat Tail is run by Madden Packing and Danny works for Madden while Steve works for the underdog farmer named Nick. After the Tomato crop is destroyed by Madden, Steve takes Nick, Lola and the next crop to Atlanta where they sell it for big money. Danny is going up with Madden and thinks Steve is a sucker for working in the dirt. Lola stays in Atlanta while Nick and Steve go back to Cat Tail and the real trouble begins. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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a good girl -- to let alone! See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pés Inquietos See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Many actors listed in studio records and in casting call lists were not seen in the movie. These were Farmers Hank Mann, Don Turner, 'Paul Panzer' and Frank Darien, and Jack Gardner, Fred Kelsey, Frank Pharr, Ray Teal, William 'Bill' Phillips and Victor Zimmerman. See more »

Goofs

In the early scene at the gas station, which is supposed to be somewhere in Florida, the hills of California can clearly be seen in the background. See more »

Quotes

Lola Mears: Look bud, every time a freight train shakes itself fleas like you come hopping out.
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Connections

Featured in This Theatre and You (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Slaphappy Pappy
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Written for the movie and possibly played instrumentally
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Ronnie On The Road
30 September 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Considering how distant Cesar Chavez and Ronald Reagan were in philosophy, what would have the founder of the United Farm Workers thought of the Gipper starring in a film about migrant workers? I wonder if Chavez ever saw Juke Girl? A title by the way which one would never guess was about agriculture. When I first saw the title on the list of credits for Ronald Reagan, I thought it was some Forties musical with swing dancing.

It's far from that. The title role is played by Ann Sheridan and she works in a roadside bar and dance club favored by the itinerant farm workers in that area of Florida. Two such migrant workers are Ronald Reagan and Richard Whorf who arrive in town. Whorf goes to work for the local wholesaler Gene Lockhart who pretty much sets prices his way as the farmers have nowhere else to sell their produce.

Having lost a farm to the dust bowl in Kansas, Reagan's sympathies go out to farmer George Tobias who is trying to beat Lockhart's monopoly. The two friends become adversaries, but the friendship is strong, how strong everyone in the cast finds out before the film is over.

Juke Girl with its deceptive title is a far cry from The Grapes Of Wrath, both book and film. The Joad family is on the road, not just the male breadwinner. Some of the actions Reagan takes in this film could never have been done by Tom Joad who carried responsibility for the whole Joad clan on the road.

The players perform pretty much according to type. Ann Sheridan has some juicy lines, like the character she played in Torrid Zone had moved from Central America to Florida. Gene Lockhart who specialized in portraying particularly craven individuals is within his element, this may have been the most craven part Lockhart ever played.

Juke Girl is hardly the sociological treatise that The Grapes Of Wrath was. But it's entertaining enough for the fans of the players in the cast.


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