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TV musical - Junior Miss

Aired: 20th December 1957

Composer: Burton Lane

Carol Lynley
Don Ameche
Joan Bennett
Jill St. John
David Wayne
Diana Lynn
Suzanne Sydney

Musical Numbers
Happy Heart
Have Feet Will Dance
I'll Buy It
It's Just What I Wanted
Junior Miss
Let's Make It Christmas All Year Long
A Male Is An Animal

This TV musical was a DuPont Show of the Month aired by CBS. It was adapted from a successful stage play by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov, and was a light-hearted family story. One of the songs I'll Buy It was a particular favourite of Dorothy's.

An album was released of four TV musicals including Junior Miss by Blue Pear records -Four Television Musicals BP-1019. (The other three were A Bell For Adano, The Canterville Ghost and No Man Can Tame Me.) The sound quality is terrible.

I have read that the Blue Pear albums all consisted of bootleg recordings. Six tracks (all but It's Just What I Wanted) by the interesting cast are featured on this extremely rare recording as follows:
A Man Is An Animal (Carol Lynley and Suzanne Sydney)
Have Feet Will Dance (Chorus)
Let's Make It Christmas All Year 'Round (Don Ameche, Joan Bennett, Carol Lynley, Jill St. John)
I'll Buy It (David Wayne and Diana Lynn)
Happy Heart (Chorus)
Junior Miss (Don Ameche)

Lynette Perry performs Happy Heart on the CD Primetime Musicals.

It seems likely that the seventh song, It's Just What I Wanted, was not performed in the final broadcast.

Great News in 2008: The Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum of Television and Radio) has succeeded in tracking down a kinescope of Junior Miss and will be making it available for public view.

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