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Jamboree(1954)

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A title at the film's beginning states: "The Boy Scouts of America are indebted to the following organizations and individuals for their gracious assistance in making this film possible: Roy Brewer, William Demarest, Cecil B. DeMille, George Dye, Leonard K. Firestone, Pete Smith, James Stewart, Ed Thomas, Col. J. L. Warner, Y. Frank Freeman, William Meiklejohn, Howard Hughes, I.A.T.S.E., James C. Petrillo, Dore Schary and Louis K. Sidney." No production or distribution companies were credited on screen, but the The Exhibitor review indicated that the film had been produced by GM Productions and was being released by Exploitation Productions, Inc. The film was not listed in release charts, but was approved for distribution in New York in 1954, according to NYSA records. After being blown up to 35mm, from its original 16mm, the film received several theatrical bookings.
       AHollywood Citizen-News article of July 16, 1953 reported that production had begun on the film temporarily titled Boy Scouts of America...Jamboree 1953 with four camera crews covering the activities on the "largest set (3,000 acres) of any movie ever made."
       On January 6, 1954, Hollywood Reporter printed an account of an invitational screening of the film at the M-G-M studios. The report stated that studio excecutive George Murphy conceived the film and that Leonard K. Firestone of Firestone Tire & Rubber and Ed Thomas of Goodyear Tires had provided two-thirds of the financing. The U.S. State Department provided the other third at the suggestion of director Cecil B. De Mille. The State Department's Overseas Information Service intended to distribute the film internationally as a testimonial on behalf of democracy and against Communism. The article stated that, in addition to those credited onscreen, the film was narrated by Del Sharbutt and Martin Berkeley and Edmond F. Bernoudy, Jr., Donald MacLean, Basil Wrangell and Lou Ostrow contributed to the script. C. Bakaleinikoff conducted the RKO-Radio studio orchestra.
       The following celebrities are seen very briefly during the film: Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, Trigger, Frank Faylen, Eddie Bracken, Mitzi Gaynor, Jerry Colonna, Dorothy Lamour, Lanny Ross, Johnny Mack Brown, Wild Bill Elliott, Preston Foster, Lash LaRue, George Montgomery, Tex Ritter, Jack Mahoney, Dick Jones, June Allyson, Anne Francis, Lita Baron, Rory Calhoun, Jeff Chandler, Gene Nelson, Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Will Rogers, Jr., January Sterling, Vera-Ellen, Danny Kaye, Monte Montana, Chill Wills, Francis the Talking Mule, Richard M. Nixon and Dwight D. Eisenhower.