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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:

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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

The film opened in New York on D-Day, June 6, 1944, the day that the Allied Forces during World War II landed on the beach at Normandy and invaded Europe. The landing has been commemorated in several films, including D-Day the Sixth of June (1956), The Longest Day (1962), and Saving Private Ryan (1998). 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

Hawaiian War Chant
(Ta-Hu-Wa-Hu-Wai)" (186?) (uncredited)
Music by Prince Leleiohoku
Modified music by Johnny Noble (1936)
Performed by Hollywood Canteen Kids
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One of the first musicals I saw
1 August 2000 | by lynzeeSee all my reviews

This movie made such a wonderful impression. Unable to find it on tape or CD, I still recall the story and songs more than forty years later. Fell in love with Edgar Bergen, Jane Powell etc. for life. Sadly it is not on TV for unknown reasons. Wish everyone who loves music could see it.


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