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Juke Girl (1942)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 May 1942 (USA)
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 »


Curtis Bernhardt


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




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


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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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 9 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); in order to protect the widespread theatrical re-release which was still in progress at that time, it was withdrawn from the air for the next five months; it was again seen in Cincinnati Wednesday 12 January 1957 on WKRC (Channel 12), and initially aired in Honolulu Friday 12 May 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13) and in Phoenix Thursday 13 June 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12). See more »


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 »


Danny Frazier: The body's familiar but I can't place the face.
Lola Mears: I never forget a face but for you I'll make an exception.
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Featured in This Theatre and You (1949) See more »


Slaphappy Pappy
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Written for the movie and possibly played instrumentally
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Juke Box Baby
21 August 2010 | by LCShackleySee all my reviews

Don't let the opening credits mislead you. The design of the credits and the corny music may mislead you into thinking this is going to be a second-rate comedy. It's actually a fairly effective melodrama, with a good cast, solid visual elements, and a decent script full of memorable lines.

The story focuses on two migrant laborers who are following the crop season in Florida and hoping for work. Their rough-and-tumble encounter with the local "boss" (Gene Lockhart, who makes a great villain although I always think of him as Bob Cratchit) breaks up their friendship, and emphasizes the tension between the boss and the farmers who depend on him for money. Reagan's attempts to help a troubled farmer just make Lockhart angrier, leading to escalating violence. Of course, in the meantime, a romance is blooming between Reagan and a local "juke girl" (Sheridan). He wants to settle down, but she's not ready.

Nicely choreographed action sequences, snappy dialog, and memorable major and minor characters make this WB feature worth seeking out.

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Release Date:

30 May 1942 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Buena Park, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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