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Juke Box Rhythm


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Juke Box Rhythm was part of TCM's twist/rock/bop lineup.


Jo Morrow plays a princess, and with her hair pinned up, you know it's only a matter of time before she lets her hair down (25 minutes into the movie). Frieda Inescort plays Morrow's aunt. Edgar Barrier plays an ambassador. Singer Jack Jones ("The Looovvvvvvvve Boat") plays a singer named Riff. Brian Donlevy and Marjorie Reynolds play Jack's' estranged parents. Donlevy is putting together a musical review. Jack wants to get into the show, and also get his parents to reconcile. He also seems to like the princess. He gets to sing a few songs. The final production number, "Juke Box Jamboree," is a real gas, man. Okay, so much for the plot.


Ms. Inescort takes part in the dumbest scene in the movie. While sitting between Jones and Morrow in a cab, she removes her shoe. Jones hides it. After searching for all of 15 seconds, Ms. Inescort concludes the shoe has disappeared. Therefore, she must return to her hotel to get new shoes, letting Jones and Morrow go on without her. Ladies, I assume this happens quite often?


Fritz Feld plays a dress salon owner, but he never gets to do his famous mouth "pop."

Hans Conreid plays a junk dealer who wants to design a coronation outfit for the princess. He even quotes the Declaration of Independence.


Johnny Otis sings "Hand Jive." For the young kids out there, this was also performed in the movie Grease.


George Jessel, performing at a club called the Bop Inn, sings "Let's Fall in Love," and so does Morrow (or someone doing a voice-over). Producer Sam Katzman's wife has a cameo as a club patron who mistakes Jessel for Milton Berle. Ah, Katzman - now you know why this movie is the way it is.


Les Nitwits perform "12th Street Rag." This is the first time I've seen them, and it will probably be the last. They appear to be a musical version of the Keystone Kops.


Organist Earl Grant (my Dad has his records!!!) sings a song with his group, billed as the Earl Grant Trio. There are five of them. This shows the early influence of the new math. Later, they appear as a trio, thus demonstrating that people could still perform subtraction as late as 1959.

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