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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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Girls! Music! Laughter! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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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

If you see credits elsewhere for Frank and/or Harry Condos for this film, it likely came from bad information. Frank Condos and Nick Condos were the Condos Brothers in live performances from 1929 to the mid-30s, including 1 film in 1932. Harry was listed in a 1930 Playbill, but that's likely a misprint since Frank (also in the Playbill) was dancing with Nick at the time, and they took their act to Europe. All film credits after 1932 for Condos Brothers refer to brothers Nick and Steve Condos. 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

References Mad About Music (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Delightfully Dangerous
(1944) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Kent
Performed by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
Danced by Nick Condos and Steve Condos
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Jane Powell's first film. W.C. Fields' last film. A tuneful delight!
10 July 2001 | by sdiner82See all my reviews

Jane Powell's film debut is now forgotten and seems to have disappeared into obscurity--unlike her later MGM technicolored treats. A pity, because this cheerful tale of a teenaged movie star, fed up with her mediocre films and bland girl-next-door image, runs off incognito to join a group of youngsters striving to preserve the fruitions of farming. If that synopsis sounds dated, it certainly is, and who cares?. The plot is a serviceable enough vehicle for an unpretentious, black-and-white, engaging spotlight for a number of first-rate songs (Jane's zesty renditions of the catchy "Rolling Down the Road," "Here it is Monday"; and the underrated Jackie Moran's haunting rendition of the lovely, wistful ballad "Too Much In Love," deserving its Oscar nomination for Best Song). Plus a finale with special appearances by, among others, the Great Man W.C. Fields, absolutely dead-on hilarious in his last film appearance. AMC has the rights to this film and every two years or so, sneaks it quietly into early A.M. slots when they figure no one is watching TV anyway. A pity, because this low-keyed gloriously melodic charmer is first-rate in every department and deserves a long-overdue rescue from obscurity.


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