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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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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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Throughout the movie, the song "Goodbye To Love" is mentioned, but no lyrics or melody are heard at all in the film. This movie is credited as being the inspiration of the song "Goodbye To Love", written by Richard Carpenter and John Bettis, and later recorded by The Carpenters. 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

When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square Garden
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
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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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