Ann Miller spends virtually all of this trying
to crash Hollywood, result being no song/dance
by her till almost the end. Wasn't that why ColumbiahiredAnn Miller? A "B" as were most from
that shop, Jam Session is really band shortsstrung together that relate but barely to slim narrative. There's fun of seeing a western in production, plus
generous peek inside sound stages. Ann uses underhand means of getting past
studio gates and emerges a star for her effort. Did this encourage real-life
aspirants to do likewise? Jam Session makes picture-work look like
ultra-casual enterprise. Maybe it was at Columbia.
Bands were a meaningful draw to wartime pics, being at a peak during the
conflict. One and two reelers with a name group were constants. To bill four,
six, even ten bands, was enough to sell an otherwise tepid feature. Jam
Session took $397K in domestic rentals, quite a figure for a B, but not
unexpected in boom year that was 1944.