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Footlight Serenade (1942)

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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William J. 'Bill' Smith
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Pat Lambert
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Tommy Lundy
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Flo La Verne
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Bruce McKay
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Estelle Evans (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
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June
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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 <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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1 August 1942 (USA)  »

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After this black-and-white production finished, Twentieth Century-Fox would implement the policy of utilizing Technicolor for all future Betty Grable features. The only monochromatic exception would be her guest spot in Four Jills in a Jeep (1944), crooning the standard from 1908, "Cuddle Up a Little Closer" (music by Karl Hoschna, lyrics by Otto A. Harbach -- which she already had performed the year before in the Technicolored Coney Island (1943). Miss Grable would not exempt from the Technicolor clause two black-and-white dramas offered her: The Razor's Edge (1946) (Anne Baxter's Oscar-winning part) and Pickup on South Street (1953) (the Jean Peters role). For Betty's final picture, How to Be Very, Very Popular (1955), Color by DeLuxe was employed. See more »

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Bruce McKay: She's closed up more nightclubs than the chief of police!
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Except with You
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Cobina Wright
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Knockout musical
25 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Heavyweight boxing champion Victor Mature (Tommy) wants his own stage show in which he can star. His gets something lined up with James Gleason (McKay) who gets continuously frustrated with Mature's ideas. No-one dares say "No" to Mature. Mature likes the look of chorus girl Betty Grable (Pat) so makes her understudy to lead Cobina Wright (Estelle). However, Grable has a boyfriend John Payne (Bill) who also gets a role in the show as Mature's boxing sparring partner. Things are set up for a showdown between Mature and Payne.

The songs and dancing in this film are all good and that is a pleasant surprise. There are also quite a few numbers performed and that helps save the narrative. Especially when you have the annoying Phil Silvers in a film. Mature's character is also pretty unpleasant and totally unrealistic as a boxing heavyweight champion – he displays way too much energy. However, the women are good in this and there are amusing moments even from Mature as a self-obsessed narcissist. John Payne is billed top but shouldn't be and he does fine in his role. It's an enjoyable film.


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