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  • Despite the folksy title and featuring country and western music legend Ernest Tubb, Jamboree has more in common with a war years Andrews Sister musical than the type of film that the stix so famously nixed a few years earlier. Pretty stock story about bands trying to get their big break on a new radio show, it's actually not too bad, with mostly everybody, both in front of and behind the cameras, behaving competently and avoiding embarrassment. The home front war time setting provides interest with the labor shortage featuring prominently.

    Of course this is all about the music and while I was hoping for more from Tubb and the Troubadours he does get a couple of songs in but it's primarily Freddy Fisher and his gag band (think Spike Jones) that get most of the swing era tunes, several of which are pretty good. Ruth Terry is easy on the eyes and the Music Maids provide her with fine accompaniment for their toe tappers. Republic managed to crank out an entertaining if unremarkable little film that must have kept the home front from thinking about the boys overseas for just over an hour.

    One intriguing thing is star George Byron. This was apparently his last film, reportedly dying in June, although the circumstances of his death are obscure to say the least. One of those Hollywood mysteries...
  • Warning: Spoilers
    It's a bit of the battle of the sexes in this Republic B war musical where a country and western band must go a little bit more rural to gain a radio contract, and that means actually working on a farm. Band leader George Bryon goes up against farm manager Ruth Terry, leafing to some chauvinistic behavior and one up- womanship from Terry and he'd crew. It's the silliest of plots, but the music is great, combining Nashville, bluegrass and hit parade, combining romantic, comic and Americana as the taming of the band comes to fruition through some womenly wiles and masculine charm. Don Wilson plays himself (with Paul Harvey as his partner) and a great comical supporting cast. There's even a scary dream sequence where a weather machine destroys New York City. Most of the music holds up pretty nicely today, and the corny comic bits might provide a smile if not full out snickers.