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Rhythm on the River (1940)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Bob Sommers
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Cherry Lane
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Oliver Courtney
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Billy Starbuck
Oscar Shaw ...
Charlie Goodrich
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Uncle Caleb
Lillian Cornell ...
Millie Starling
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Mr. Westlake
John Scott Trotter ...
Himself
Jeanne Cagney ...
Country cousin (as Jean Cagney)
Helen Bertram ...
Aunt Delia
Ken Carpenter ...
Teddy Gardner (announcer)
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Bernard Schwartz
Harry Barris ...
Bass Sax player
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Storyline

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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Musical | Comedy

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Release Date:

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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Trivia

There is a screen shot of the two stars - Bing Crosby and Mary Martin - working together on some music in the trailer that does not appear in the final film. 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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Soundtracks

I Don't Want to Cry Anymore
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Written by Victor Schertzinger
Sung by Mary Martin
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Great throwaway line from Oscar Levant
7 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While a pleasant enough musical, what stuck with me about this movie was the unexpected comedic chemistry between Basil Rathbone, as the has-been composer, and Oscar Levant as his assistant. Playing a high strung, distracted artistic type (a far cry from his more familiar roles as either menacing villains or the coolly logical Sherlock Holmes), Rathbone's character looks like he couldn't find his way out of bed without help. And that help is Starbuck, played with his usual droll humor by Oscar Levant. Upon hiring Crosby's character as his ghost song writer, Rathbone introduces him to Starbuck by saying, "He does all my thinking for me.", to which Levant responds, "Ah, it's only a part-time job." Of course this goes right past (or over) Rathbone, who's too busy fretting about where his next hit song will come from. As another reviewer said, who knew Rathbone could be so funny! Too bad he didn't have more opportunities to display his comedic talent.


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