MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 48,956 this week

Rhythm on the River (1940)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 236 users  
Reviews: 9 user | 1 critic

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 »

Writers:

, (story), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 135 titles
created 25 Feb 2011
 
a list of 80 titles
created 15 Aug 2011
 
a list of 88 titles
created 23 Sep 2011
 
a list of 87 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
 
a list of 87 titles
created 24 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Rhythm on the River (1940)

Rhythm on the River (1940) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Rhythm on the River.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's ... See full summary »

Directors: George Marshall, A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray
Blue Skies (1946)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jed Potter looks back on a love triangle conducted over the course of years and between musical numbers. Dancer Jed loves showgirl Mary, who loves compulsive nightclub-opener Johnny, who ... See full summary »

Directors: Stuart Heisler, Mark Sandrich
Stars: Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Joan Caulfield
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn
Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

During World War 2, an undercover British soldier tries get word to the Allies that the Germans have tons of supplies buried in 5 excavations across Egypt.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff
Musical | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Cowboy Jeff Larabee returns from the east and meets Doris Halloway, a young girl, that he regards as a vagabond, till he learns that she's the owner of the farm where he works. He tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog
Stars: Bing Crosby, Frances Farmer, Bob Burns
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A self-made success is determined to give his son the lavish upbringing he himself was denied. Not surprisingly, the son grows up to be spoiled rotten, causing grief and pain to everyone who loves him.

Director: Charles Vidor
Stars: Madeleine Carroll, Brian Aherne, Louis Hayward
Midnight (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A chorus girl, stranded in Paris, is "set up" by a millionaire to break up his wife's affair with another man.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, John Barrymore
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A woman disguises herself as a child to save on a train fare and is taken in charge by an army man who doesn't notice the truth.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Texas Ranger Dusty Rivers ("Isn't that a contradiction in terms?", another character asks him) travels to Canada in the 1880s in search of Jacques Corbeau, who is wanted for murder. He ... See full summary »

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Gary Cooper, Madeleine Carroll, Paulette Goddard
Arizona (1940)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Phoebe Titus is a tough, swaggering pioneer woman, but her ways become decidedly more feminine when she falls for California bound Peter Muncie. But Peter won't be distracted from his ... See full summary »

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Jean Arthur, William Holden, Warren William
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Hugh Herbert
Women in War (1940)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A "good-time girl", raised by her somewhat lax divorced father, finds herself involved in an accidental death, and the only way she's able to get out of it is to volunteer--albeit ... See full summary »

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Elsie Janis, Wendy Barrie, Patric Knowles
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

songwriter | songwriting | See All (2) »

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Musical | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ajan sävel  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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"]
See more »


Soundtracks

Rhythm on the River
(uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sung by Bing Crosby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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.


9 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Rhythm on the River (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?