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HR news items reveal the following about the production: This film was originally to have been produced by Peter R. Van Duinen's Atlantis Pictures Corp. After Atlantis split from PRC's distribution company in 1943, however, PRC formed its own production company, and purchased the Fine Arts Studios. Jive Junction was the first release of PRC Pictures, Inc. A LAT news item indicates that Bob Crosby was initially slated to appear in the film. Jack George, Betty Alden, Joe Oakie, Myrna Dell, Tom Quinn, Bess Flowers, Venice Grove and Harry Strang are included in the cast in a HR production chart, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The film marked Gerra Young's feature film debut. According to the HR review, Young was PRC's first contract player, and director Edgar G. Ulmer was PRC's first contract ... More Less

HR news items reveal the following about the production: This film was originally to have been produced by Peter R. Van Duinen's Atlantis Pictures Corp. After Atlantis split from PRC's distribution company in 1943, however, PRC formed its own production company, and purchased the Fine Arts Studios. Jive Junction was the first release of PRC Pictures, Inc. A LAT news item indicates that Bob Crosby was initially slated to appear in the film. Jack George, Betty Alden, Joe Oakie, Myrna Dell, Tom Quinn, Bess Flowers, Venice Grove and Harry Strang are included in the cast in a HR production chart, but their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The film marked Gerra Young's feature film debut. According to the HR review, Young was PRC's first contract player, and director Edgar G. Ulmer was PRC's first contract director. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Nov 1943.
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Daily Variety
12 Nov 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
22 Nov 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jun 43
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jul 43
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jul 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Aug 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 43
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 43
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 43
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
29 Jul 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald
20 Nov 1943.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
30 Oct 43
p. 1606.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Nov 43
p. 1633.
Variety
19 Jan 44
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
Sd eng
DANCE
Dance dir
SOURCES
SONGS
"Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , music by Léo Delibes, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille
"Where Is Love," music and lyrics by Lew Porter, June L. Stillman and Leo Erdody
"A-Doo-Dee-Doo-Doo," music and lyrics by Lew Porter, F. J. Tableporter and Leo Erdody
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SONGS
"Bell Song" from the opera Lakmé , music by Léo Delibes, libretto by Edmond Gondinet and Philippe Gille
"Where Is Love," music and lyrics by Lew Porter, June L. Stillman and Leo Erdody
"A-Doo-Dee-Doo-Doo," music and lyrics by Lew Porter, F. J. Tableporter and Leo Erdody
"Jive Junction," "Cock-A-Doodle-Doo," "We're Just In-Between," "Mother Earth" and "In a Little Music Shop," music and lyrics by Lew Porter and Leo Erdody.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
16 December 1943
Production Date:
began mid September 1943
Copyright Claimant:
PRC Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 December 1943
Copyright Number:
LP13585
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62
Length(in feet):
5,609
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9734
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When music prodigy Peter Crane's private music conservatory closes for the duration of the war, Peter attends Clinton High School, the same school his friends, Jimmy and Claire Emerson, attend. In Miss Forbes' music class, Jimmy appears to make enemies when he reprimands Claire for her sloppy accompaniment to Gerra, a brilliant singer. When Peter gets home, he finds his mother crying over a telegram notifying them of his father's death in combat. In his grief, Peter takes a long walk and falls asleep in a barn. He is awakened by the estate's caretaker, Maglodian, who knew his father and offers him consolation by playing a record of his father's favorite classical music. Peter continues to mourn his father, but Claire helps him to find a new motivation in life by inviting him to conduct her all-girl "jive" band. When Claire's mother asks them to find a rehearsal hall other than her house, Peter proposes to Maglodian that they use the barn for a junior canteen to do their part by entertaining servicemen. In exchange for the barn, the high school students promise to help Maglodian maintain the farm and orange orchards. After much work, the students open the barn as the "Jive Junction" canteen. Claire's uncle, a sergeant, brings his troops to the opening night, and the high school boys are dismayed when all the girls end up dancing with the servicemen. The boys pin the blame on Peter and beat him up, but when Peter sees one of the servicemen snub one of the high school girls in order to flirt with Jean, a music store saleswoman, he invites Jean and her friends ... +


When music prodigy Peter Crane's private music conservatory closes for the duration of the war, Peter attends Clinton High School, the same school his friends, Jimmy and Claire Emerson, attend. In Miss Forbes' music class, Jimmy appears to make enemies when he reprimands Claire for her sloppy accompaniment to Gerra, a brilliant singer. When Peter gets home, he finds his mother crying over a telegram notifying them of his father's death in combat. In his grief, Peter takes a long walk and falls asleep in a barn. He is awakened by the estate's caretaker, Maglodian, who knew his father and offers him consolation by playing a record of his father's favorite classical music. Peter continues to mourn his father, but Claire helps him to find a new motivation in life by inviting him to conduct her all-girl "jive" band. When Claire's mother asks them to find a rehearsal hall other than her house, Peter proposes to Maglodian that they use the barn for a junior canteen to do their part by entertaining servicemen. In exchange for the barn, the high school students promise to help Maglodian maintain the farm and orange orchards. After much work, the students open the barn as the "Jive Junction" canteen. Claire's uncle, a sergeant, brings his troops to the opening night, and the high school boys are dismayed when all the girls end up dancing with the servicemen. The boys pin the blame on Peter and beat him up, but when Peter sees one of the servicemen snub one of the high school girls in order to flirt with Jean, a music store saleswoman, he invites Jean and her friends to the canteen. Soon the servicemen are dancing with women their own ages, but the high school girls continue to snub the boys. All the music students then enter the National Musical Elimination Contest, for which the winning band will play its own composition on a national morale tour at Army camps. The Clinton High School Band wins each section of the contest, but when they return home to rehearse for the national, and final, championship, they learn that the owner of Maglodian's farm has died, and the sheriff locks up the barn containing their instruments. With no instruments available, the kids are about to give up when Peter gets two tickets to attend a Hollywood Bowl concert conducted by his former professer, Feher. With only half an hour before they are scheduled to compete, Peter and the kids rush to the Hollywood Bowl. After the concert is over, Peter begs Feher to allow him to use the orchestra's instruments. Feher is at first reluctant to allow students to use professional equipment, but when he hears that the ultimate end will help the war effort, he relents, and the students rush to the radio station, where they broadcast their entry. The students arrive just in time to go on the air perform Peter's own composition, and win the contest. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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