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Jam Session (1944)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 13 April 1944 (USA)
Terry Baxter is a never-say-die Hollywood newcomer from Waterfall Kansas, determined to make it big. And does she have talent. Filled, of course, with lots of musical numbers that showcase her many talents.

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Manuel Seff (screenplay) (as Manny Seff), Harlan Ware (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Miller ... Terry Baxter
Jess Barker ... George Carter Haven
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Raymond Stuart
Eddie Kane Eddie Kane ... Lloyd Marley
George Eldredge ... Berkeley Bell
Renie Riano ... Ms. Tobin
Clarence Muse ... Henry
Pauline Drake Pauline Drake ... Evelyn
Charles La Torre Charles La Torre ... Coletti
Anne Loos Anne Loos ... Neva Canendish
Ray Walker ... Fred Wylie
Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra Charlie Barnet and His Orchestra ... Charlie Barnet Orchestra (as Charlie Barnet's Orchestra)
Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra Louis Armstrong and His Orchestra ... Louis Armstrong Orchestra (as Louis Armstrong's Orchestra)
Alvino Rey's Orchestra Alvino Rey's Orchestra ... Alvino Rey Orchestra
Jan Garber's Orchestra Jan Garber's Orchestra ... Jan Garber Orchestra
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Storyline

Kansas girl Terry Baxter has won a trip to Hollywood, tries to get a job as a dancer and ends up as secretary of screenwriter Haven. She mixes up the scripts, is fired and when she tries to explain to him what happened, she tries to break in a residence - she belives it belongs Haven's boss Stuart, but she is wrong - and is arrested. But Stuart and Haven don't let her drop. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Leap for joy as this jive-jammed lyrical session of laffs and love! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Grande Atracção See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

No Name Jive
(uncredited)
Written by Larry Wagner
Performed by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
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Sparkling
2 September 2007 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Sprightly Ann Miller musical featuring many of the top bands and vocalists of the day. Notable too for a rather tough-minded look at the movie industry, as Kansas contest winner Miller tries to break into the big time. The studio scenes are an occasional hoot-- like the stagecoach driving in from the street to shoot an Old West scene! However, the business side gets a pretty realistic and none-to-flattering treatment (maybe the writers' revenge). Some other nice touches-- Alvino Rey's "echo-box dummy" that sings electronic lyrics (that one spooked me); Miller's under-the-staircase bedroom, about big enough for a midget if she doesn't stand up; and the big-finish "marching at ya" tribute to the boys overseas. Miller is engaging throughout, wholesomely pretty with a lot of verve and sparkle. This was perfect war-time escapism, a programmer with no pretensions that despite the years continues to entertain.


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