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Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 October 1940 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »
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Pat Abbott / Singing voice of Anabekke Potter
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Ferdinand Farraday
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Emily Potter
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Anabelle Potter
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Judy Abbott
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Charlie Moore
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Soda Clerk
Donald MacBride ...
Harrison
Barnett Parker ...
Mr. Pasley
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Carter
Six Hits and a Miss ...
Singing Group
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals ...
Harmonica Band
Borrah Minevitch ...
Borrah Minevitch, Harmonica Rascals Leader
Jan Garber ...
Jan Garber, Band Leader
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Storyline

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 Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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ROMANCE ... RHYTHM ... REVELRY. Combined to give you a musical extravaganza of matchless beauty and entertainment See more »


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Approved | See all certifications »
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15 October 1940 (USA)  »

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Romance and Rhythm  »

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| (1953 re-release)

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frances Langford dubbed Ann Miller's sining voice in addition to her own. See more »

Connections

Follows The Hit Parade (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Cool of the Evening
Written by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Performed by Six Hits and a Miss with the Jan Garber Orchestra
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Slickly mounted Republic "extravaganza".
17 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

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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