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Rhythm on the River (1940)

Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and ... See full summary »

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Cherry Lane
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Oliver Courtney
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Billy Starbuck
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Charlie Goodrich
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Uncle Caleb
Lillian Cornell ...
Millie Starling
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Mr. Westlake
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Country Cousin (as Jean Cagney)
Helen Bertram ...
Aunt Delia
Ken Carpenter ...
Teddy Gardner (Announcer)
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Bernard Schwartz
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Bass Sax Player
Wingy Manone ...
Wingy Manone
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Popular songwriter Oliver Courtney has been getting by for years using one ghost writer for his music and another for his lyrics. When both writers meet at an inn, they fall in love and then try to sell their songs under their own name. The problem is every song publisher thinks they're copying Courtney's style. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Some singers! Some swingers! The hum-dinger of hum-dingers!

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Comedy | Musical

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6 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ajan sävel  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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In one scene, Starbuck (played by Oscar Levant) is shown reading a book. We see from the cover that it says 'A Smattering of Ignorance', by Oscar Levant. He puts the book down, and says, "Very irritating book." See more »

Quotes

Bob Sommers: Oh, I don't know. She's gone into some kind of wing-ding...
Uncle Caleb: Wing-ding? Gosh, I thought it was a cyclone.
[reference to Grapewin's role in "The Wizard of Oz"]
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I Don't Want to Cry Anymore
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Written by Victor Schertzinger
Sung by Mary Martin
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Bing Crosby and Mary Martin Star...
1 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and what a combo. Two of the century's great singers star together in this underrated musical. He writes music, she writes lyrics, and they both work for Basil Rathbone who can't write either because his wife died (actually she just got fat!). Best scene is the pawn shop number where Bing sings an impromptu number while the swing band gets their instruments out of hock. Just wonderful. And this is a rare starring role for Broadway legend, Mary Martin, and she's quite good. Charley Grapewin, John Scott Trotter, William Frawley, Oscar Levant (once again the manic pianist), Charles Lane, and Helen Bertram co-star. And who knew Rathbone could be funny?


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