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Song of the Open Road (1944) was a Comedy - Musical Film directed by S. Sylvan Simon and produced by Charles R. Rogers.

Academy Awards 1944 --- Ceremony Number 17 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionNominated
Best Music - ScoringCharles PrevinNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Walter Kent; Lyrics by Kim GannonNominated

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Jane Powell and W.C. Fields have one scene together, during which he ad-libbed all of his lines.
Jane Powell's stage name came from the name of the character she played in this, her film debut.
Director S. Sylvan Simon had terrible difficulty filming scenes with W.C. Fields due to Fields' alcoholism. After lunch hour he was often nowhere to be found. This problem was solved by luring Fields into his truck early in the day and removing the ladder. Fields would often rant and complain before eventually falling asleep.
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