Sing Your Way Home (1945)

Steve Kimball (Jack Haley) is a foreign correspondent, famous for a book he’s written about his experiences with the war. With victory secured by the Allied powers, Steve is more than ready to return home to New York, where he has a lecture tour planned.

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Securing passage to the United States is difficult, as many high-ranking generals and other American folks are just as eager as Kimball to return to the States. Reluctantly, Steve agrees to chaperone a 15-member traveling music troupe back to the States on a ship.

Stranded in Europe as tweens when the war broke out during one of their tours, the singers are now a few years older, but not quite old enough to travel without supervision. Will Steve survive a sea-faring voyage surrounded by toe-tapping, word-rhyming hepcats?

Anthony Mann directs 1945’s Sing Your Way Home, a musical-comedy from RKO. Joining Jack Haley on screen are Marcy McGuire, Glen Vernon, Anne Jeffreys, and Donna Lee, among other players.

As a life-long fan of The Wizard of Oz, I was excited to find a Jack Haley musical to watch. Out of all of Judy Garland’s co-stars from her Dorothy days, I’ve probably seen the smallest amount of films from him. Here he stars as an egotistical newsman who plays party-pooper to a cheerful group of teens. His performance is very good and he brings quite a few laughs to the film.

His character, along with Marcy McGuire’s young Bridget, provide a unique twist on the usual “journalist in wartime” angle. Kimball is a well-known and conceited reporter. Bridget is a reporter’s daughter who really wants nothing to do with the business, but must team up with Kimball to write articles in code so he doesn’t reveal to the captain that she’s a stowaway.

The song and dance scenes of Sing Your Way Home are truly delightful. The lyrics are pretty cheesy, with tunes like “Heaven is a Place Called Home,” but it’s the type of cheese that puts a smile on your face. There’s also quite a bit of witty dialogue to be enjoyed.

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The film does seem to drag a tiiiiny bit, for being relatively short. I think this is due to the fact that the story is so thinly-written. This isn’t a major problem for the musical-comedy loving viewer, as the cast is charismatic enough and the songs are sweet enough to keep things enjoyable.

Sing Your Way Home is a short and light mood booster, blending music, light drama, and a little dose of end-of-war patriotism. Recommended for fans of the genre, particularly B-musicals. The score: 3.5/5

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9 thoughts on “Sing Your Way Home (1945)

  1. Constance Rose Metzinger says:

    This sounds good! I, too, have seen very few Jack Haley films even though I enjoy all of his performances immensely. I loved the light-hearted comedies of the 1940s, so I’ll definitely will be checking this out!

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  2. Todd Benefiel says:

    How strange that noir and Western director Anthony Mann helmed this one! This was released just before he began his string of directing several cool noir films, so maybe he was just itching to break out of musicals and get into something with a little more bite.

    And see what happens when I disappear for a bit? Your blog changes templates! What prompted the change?

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    • Lindsey says:

      I’ve missed your comments! You know me — can’t stick with any layout for too long, haha. I was actually designing my book blog and stumbled across this template. Sometimes when I become worn out with blogging, I find that a little re-design is all I need to find the joy in it again. And I’ve had a little spike in non-spam comments since I switched, which is a plus!

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      • Todd Benefiel says:

        Well good, I’m glad it’s working out…both with the template and the joy in blogging! I still have the joy, but I can’t seem to find the time, which is driving me crazy, because I enjoy not only my own blogs, but interacting with other blogs as well. So hopefully I can get back on track, beginning now, and thanks for allowing me back into the fold!

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        • Lindsey says:

          I think I get fed up with myself more than with blogging, really — I’m too stubborn to cut back from the daily schedule, but it can be difficult to find the time to watch enough/write enough to fill that schedule haha. For some reason, re-design helps ease my frustration, though it’s unrelated to the actual issue. Glad to hear you’re going to become active again! Truly, the movie-blogging circle hasn’t been the same without the Monolith. I look forward to reading your reviews again. We’ll have to set up a few more two-person mini-blogathons!

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