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Walking My Baby Back Home is a bubbly musical of no significance whatsoever, but this doesn't diminish its enjoyability factor. The film wastes no time in showing off the singing and dancing skills of star Donald O'Connor, who is seen cavorting about during the opening credits. O'Connor plays war veteran Jigger Millard, who forms a band with several other musically inclined ex-GIs. Unfortunately, Jigger's music isn't what the public craves, so he's forced to join a minstrel show headed by Colonel Wallace (George Cleveland), the uncle of pretty Chris Hall (Janet Leigh). As he performs the old "down in Dixie" numbers required of him, Jigger is inspired to reorganize his band into a Dixieland aggregation, with the considerable input of black musician Smiley (Scatman Crothers). Buddy Hackett is on hand as comedy relief Blimp Edwards. A tantalizing excerpt from Walking My Baby Back Home was seen in an ironic context during a 1970s Buddy Hackett TV episode, guest-starring Janet Leigh as the murderer. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Donald O'Connor
as Jigger Millard
Janet Leigh
as Chris Hall
Buddy Hackett
as Blimp Edwards
Lori Nelson
as Claire
Scatman Crothers
as Smiley
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Millard
George Cleveland
as Col. Wallace
John Hubbard
as Rodney Millard
Norman Abbott
as Doc
Phil Garris
as Hank
Walter Kingsford
as Henry Hall
Sidney Miller
as Walter Thomas


Lloyd Bacon
Ted Richmond
Oscar Brodney
Don McGuire
Irving Glassberg
Joseph E. Gershenson
Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Mancini
Composer (Music Score)
Ted Kent
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director