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Melody Lane (1941)

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J. Roy Thomas, the head of an advertising agency, is getting headaches from trying to find a name-band for a wacky client, McKenzie, who insists on sitting in with the band. As a last ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Judd McMichael ...
Rhythmeer Member Judd (as The Merry Macs)
Ted McMichael ...
Rhythmeer Member Ted (as The Merry Macs)
Joe McMichael ...
Rhythmeer Member Joe (as The Merry Macs)
Mary Lou Cook ...
Rhythmeer Member Mary Lou (as The Merry Macs)
Leon Errol ...
McKenzie
Anne Gwynne ...
Patricia Reynolds
Robert Paige ...
Gabe Morgan
Billy Lenhart ...
Butch
Kenneth Brown ...
Buddy
Donald Douglas ...
J. Roy Thomas
Baby Sandy ...
Sandy (as Sandy)
Louis Da Pron ...
Louis
Red Stanley ...
Slim (as Clifford 'Red' Stanley)
Charles Coleman ...
Mr. Abercrombie
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J. Roy Thomas, the head of an advertising agency, is getting headaches from trying to find a name-band for a wacky client, McKenzie, who insists on sitting in with the band. As a last resort, Thomas sends agency-employee Patricia Reynolds to Iowa to sign a little known band that features a jive-combination, The Rhythmeers. She bring them east and falls in love with the band-leader, Gabe Morgan, and his young niece Sandy. McKenzie tosses in some complications but everything is smooth before the ninth song is heard. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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9 December 1941 (USA)  »

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Campeões do Optimismo  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Changeable Heart
Written by Norman Berens and Jack Brooks
Sung by Robert Paige and Anne Gwynne (dubbed)
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Harmless, tuneful hour of charm
28 March 2011 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Well, here is one of the innumerable six-reelers produced by Universal in the early 1940's. The threadbare story - about a swing band being brought to New York to play on a radio program - serves as the framework for 1. a collection of very nice tunes, none of which, surprisingly, were published; 2. an opportunity for Leon Errol to do his famous drunk pantomime; 3. yet another chance for audiences to smile back at cutie-pie Baby Sandy. Judge for yourself if this last attribute is, indeed, a virtue. Pint-sized Universal stock players Butch and Buddy get off a few laughs, though some of their musical footage was trimmed - at least based on the surviving music tracks. Bob Paige and Anne Gwynne make a great couple and Paige is in very fine voice. But it's the Merry Macs who steal the show with a basket of tunes, most notably "Cariacabu" - a rhythmic ditty that never saw a studio cover. It is doubtful that this one will show up any time soon on cable or DVD. Some of us keep these bupkies alive via our 16mm collections. Are we crazy? Maybe. But our toes are tapping!


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