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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 »

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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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Sure She's Easy To Meet .....but try and forget her! See more »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alan Hale was the father of Alan Hale Jr. best known as the Skipper/Jonas Grumby of Gilligan's Island. See more »

Goofs

When Steve Steve looks at Lola in rear view mirror of his truck, her image is not reversed (signs on building behind her don't read backward). 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 The Long Haul of A.I. Bezzerides (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Embraceable You
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Played during Lola's scene with the watchman
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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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