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Song of the Open Road (1944)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 21 June 1944 (USA)
Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth ... See full summary »

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Albert Mannheimer (screen play), Irving Phillips (based on a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Bonita Granville ... Bonnie
W.C. Fields ... W.C. Fields
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra ... Orchestra
Jane Powell ... Jane Powell
Peggy O'Neill Peggy O'Neill ... Peggy
Jackie Moran ... Jack Moran
Bill Christy Bill Christy ... Bill
Reginald Denny ... Director Curtis
Regis Toomey ... Connors
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Powell
Nick Condos Nick Condos ... Specialty (as Condos Brothers)
Steve Condos Steve Condos ... Specialty (as Condos Brothers)
The Lipham Four The Lipham Four ... Specialty (as Lipham Four)
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Storyline

Child film star Jane Powell, fed up with her every move being stage managed by her stage mother, runs away and joins the U.S. Crop Corps, a small army of young folks staying at youth hostels and picking crops while adult farmworkers are at war. Totally clueless about the real world, befuddled Jane is embroiled in teen-romance complications while Mother frantically searches. Will her stardom help or hinder her new friends? W.C. Fields does a short act with Bergen and McCarthy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

Girls! Music! Laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sinfonia Rústica See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Director S. Sylvan Simon had terrible difficulty filming scenes with W.C. Fields due to Fields' alcoholism. After lunch hour he was often nowhere to be found. This problem was solved by luring Fields into his truck early in the day and removing the ladder. Fields would often rant and complain before eventually falling asleep. See more »

Quotes

Charlie: The old swindler's up to something. Whadya up to Balloon Nose?
W. C. Fields: Well if it isn't my old friend, Poison Ivy. How are you blood poison?
Edgar Bergen: Ah, it's good to see you, Bill. I hope there aren't any bad feelings over past misunderstandings.
W. C. Fields: Not at all, not at all, Edgar. I'm full of the spirit of friendship.
Charlie: Really loaded, huh?
Edgar Bergen: Don't you think we should all try to be a little more understanding, Bill?
W. C. Fields: Yes, I do, Edgar. Every time I think of the quarrels we've had, a lump comes up my throat.
Charlie: It's probably...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Private Screenings: Jane Powell (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Here It Is Monday
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Sung by Jane Powell with Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
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Would LOVE to see it again...and again.
29 April 2007 | by gingawSee all my reviews

I can't count the number of unsuccessful hours I have spent searching for a copy of the precious movie on the Internet. I was so impressed with it that, in the fall of 1944 and at the age of eight, I ran away from home. Came back the next day. I guess Jane was better prepared! I have read and reread her biography, The Girl Next Door which makes this, her first film, all the more amazing. Regardless, if anyone knows where a copy of this adorable film is available, please contact me. I would certainly appreciate receiving an email about getting a copy or just a general chit-chat about my first love. Ron in Texas (gingaw@earthlink.net)


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