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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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 ...
Orchestra Leader
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wingy Manone ...
Himself - Band Leader
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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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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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Soundtracks

That's for Me
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Mary Martin
Also sung by Lillian Cornell
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Ghosts and writing
7 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This superb film draws on a variety of talented actors and musicians at the top of their form - Levant, Crosby, Martin, Rathbone, Manone are completely at home in the story that apparently was supplied by Billy Wilder. One would love to know more about how much he had to do with it, because it's an exceptionally clever variation on the sterile master/fertile servant tale - nearly an allegory of the entertainment industry, run by dried-up numskulls, but made into a vibrant world of art and play by an exploited underclass of nobodies and non-WASPs. Looking at the last six decades of music, TV, and film in the US, it's hard not to see the underlying insights of this film as prophetic.


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