Thursday, December 8, 2011
Scranton's Musical Stars - Gloria Jean
On August 23, 1939, booming cannon, tooting whistles and cheers of welcome greeted the arrival of Gloria Jean Schoonover. The 11-year-old Scranton songbird came to premier her first motion picture, The Under Pup. A surge of humanity shattered police lines and upset barricades in one of the most enthusiastic welcomes in city history. Movie critics from all over the country said, “Gloria Jean is a new Deanna Durbin who could make people laugh uproariously and cry unashamedly.” To a man, they predicted that the child would go on to become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars.