Harvest Melody


1h 10m 1943

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 22, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Walter Colmes Productions
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,400ft

Synopsis

Due to agent Chuck's failed publicity efforts, the Club Pronto nightclub in Hollywood is deserted and Chuck's star client, motion picture actress Gilda Parker, is released by her studio. When country innocents Tommy and Jane wander into the club, Chuck mistakes Jane for a starlet and sits with them. Tommy and Jane have come from the country to apply to the government for farm workers to help harvest their family's crops. Chuck's secretary, Daisy, comes up with the idea of using entertainers as hired hands in a "back to the land" publicity stunt. Gilda takes to the idea, and not long after, Chuck and Daisy arrive at Tommy's parents' place, Shady Acres Farms, with Gilda, Eddie Le Baron and his band, the three Radio Rogues, former heavyweight boxer Canvas, and Nancy, an heiress. Tommy's parents are grateful to the new eager workers, who are doing their part to help the country win the war. Although the performers are unaccustomed to blisters, everyone works hard to help support their country during wartime, and during off hours they entertain each other with music. When Chuck sees Tommy admiring Gilda, he encourages the star to romance the young man. Tommy quickly falls for Gilda's charm and sparks Jane's jealousy. Newspapers across the country report on Gilda's efforts for the "Farm Aid Movement," and are soon publishing accounts of Gilda's engagement to Tommy. Upset by the publicity, Jane leaves the farm without a word to Tommy. When Gilda is elected to be president of the national Affiliated Farm Clubs, she loses interest in her film career and focuses on her new work. The publicity also earns Canvas another shot at a championship boxing match, and he falls in love with Nancy. Gilda's former studio is so impressed by her publicity that they seek to restore her contract and attend a variety revue on behalf of the A.F.C., which is broadcast nationally from the barn. To Chuck's astonishment, Gilda refuses the studio's lucrative offer so that she can devote all her time to the A.F.C. After Daisy talks some sense into both Jane and Gilda, Jane and Tommy reunite, and Tommy and Gilda are later relieved to discover that neither of them wants to marry the other.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 22, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Walter Colmes Productions
Distribution Company
Producers Releasing Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Film Length
6,400ft

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Notes

An early Hollywood Reporter production chart lists Robert Wilmot as director, but his participation in this film has not been confirmed by other sources. Actress Charlotte Wynters' name is spelled incorrectly in the cast credits as "Winters" and music director Jay Chernis' name is misspelled as "Cherniss."