Footlight Serenade (1942)

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A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.



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Complete credited cast:
William J. 'Bill' Smith
Pat Lambert
Tommy Lundy
Flo La Verne
Bruce McKay
Cobina Wright ...
Estelle Evans (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
June Lang ...
Frank Orth ...
Mike the stage doorman
Amos. Tommy's Dresser (as Manton Moreland)
Irving Bacon ...
Charles Tannen ...
Charlie, Stage manager
George Dobbs ...
Frank, Dance director


Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout. Written by Gary Jackson <>

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Release Date:

1 August 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baci carezze e pugni  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Surprisingly, given her ascending popularity with moviegoers at the time, Betty Grable was billed second to John Payne in this movie. However, poster art for the picture emphasized Betty in full figure. Later that year, Miss Grable would receive top billing over Mr. Payne in their next musical, Springtime in the Rockies (1942). See more »


Tommy Lundy: Will you come into my dressing room? Said the spider to the fly.
Pat Lambert: Oh, thank you, Mr. Spider, but I'm very, very shy.
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I'm Still Crazy for You
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Betty Grable and John Payne
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Delightful backstage musical
5 January 2001 | by (The Cocoanut Grove, natch) – See all my reviews

Highly entertaining 20th Century Fox musical stars Betty Grable as an aspiring actress, Victor Mature as a heartthrob boxer and John Payne as co-stars in a new Broadway show. Good tunes by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, nifty dancing from the stars and an enjoyable story combine to make Footlight Serenade a sprightly and underrated musical, filmed in glorious black and white. 10/10!!!

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