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A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle. Written by
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This picture's plot has shocking similarities to "Singing in the Rain", (particularly ironical since Ann Miller was almost cast in that MGM film as well).
As it stands, "Hit Parade of 1941" is a pleasant, slickly mounted minor musical, not unlike those being turned out by Universal Studios during the same period, (one keeps expecting the Andrews Sisters to appear).
In their place, we have radio songstress Frances Langford who harmonizes beautifully with Kenny Baker in the film's best song, "We Shall Meet in the Cool of the Evening," as well as her own bluesy solo: "Swing Lo Sweet Rhythm." The latter tune is also used to back Ann Miller's first dance routine which is presented in a night club setting. Miller's final contribution is a Pan American samba. Miss Miller's routines are superb, but as "Variety" noted at the time, are not photographed to her advantage, (the camera is too far away from her).
Comic honors easily go to dithery Mary Boland and Hugh Herbert, (though the film pushes credulity by pairing them off romantically.) The music is excellent though the film's principal interest to today's viewers will be for Ann Miller completists.
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