Juke Girl is a 1942 drama film directed by Curtis Bernhardt and written by A.I. Bezzerides. The film stars Ann Sheridan and Ronald Reagan. The supporting cast includes Richard Whorf, George Tobias, Gene Lockhart, Alan Hale, Sr., Howard Da Silva, Donald MacBride, Faye Emerson, Willie Best, and Fuzzy Knight. The plot focuses on the plight of exploited farmers and farmworkers in the South.
|Directed by||Curtis Bernhardt|
|Produced by||Jack Saper|
|Screenplay by||A.I. Bezzerides|
|Story by||Theodore Pratt|
|Music by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Edited by||Warren Low|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|Box office||$1.1 million (US rentals)|
"Shapely Ann Sheridan is starred with Ronald Reagan in the story of a dime-a-dance girl who discovers her veneer of hardness is not so solid as she had thought."
Farm workers Steve and Danny seek jobs in the fields of Florida, where a man named Henry Madden runs a packing plant and uses strong-arm tactics while preventing many farmers from selling their crops.
Steve meets and falls in love with Lola Mears, a "juke girl" employed at Muckeye John's club. They befriend farmer Nick Garcos, whose attempt to sell his tomatoes in Atlanta is foiled by Madden's henchman Cully.
Danny turns against his friend Steve, deciding to work for Madden. In a fight, Nick is killed by Madden, who then attempts to frame Steve and Lola for murder. Madden's crime is uncovered, resulting in Steve and Lola leaving town to begin a new life.
- Ann Sheridan as Lola Mears
- Ronald Reagan as Steve Talbot
- Richard Whorf as Danny Frazier
- George Tobias as Nick Garcos
- Gene Lockhart as Henry Madden
- Alan Hale as Yippee
- Betty Brewer as Skeeter
- Howard DaSilva as Cully
- Donald MacBride as "Muckeye" John
- Willard Robertson as Mister Just
- Faye Emerson as Violet "Murph" Murphy
- Willie Best as Jo-Mo
- "101 Pix Gross in Millions" Variety 6 Jan 1943 p 58
- Article on Juke Girl at Turner Classic Movies accessed 3 June 2013
- Staff, "Fox Will Show The 'Juke Girl'", The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington, Friday 12 June 1942, Volume 60, Number 29, page 5.