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Song of the Open Road

Song of the Open Road(1944)

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This picture marked Jane Powell's screen debut, and according to a January 1944 news item, M-G-M lent the fourteen-year-old actress to Charles R. Rogers' company under the proviso that he build up her musical numbers and feature her in the advertising campaign. The film had its premiere in Portland, OR, Powell's hometown. Hollywood Reporter news items yield the following information about this production: Locations were shot at the Pyramid Date Gardens in Palm Springs, CA, and the Pan Pacific Auditorium parking lot in Los Angeles, CA. Although Hollywood Reporter news items add Jeanne Johnston, Betty Arnold, Barbara Coleman, Al Kunde, Evelyn Moriarity, Catherine Guy, Olga Vilner, Gregg Rhinelander, Lorraine DeWood, Frank Scannell, Sid Tomack, Edward Gargan, Hugh Beaumont, Jean Stern, Eric Sinclair and Jeanne Newport to the cast, their appearance has not been confirmed. The picture was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Score and the song "Too Much in Love" was nominated for Best Song.