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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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Unused in the release print, footage of Betty Grable and chorus girls performing "I'll Be Marching to a Love Song" (music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin) would wind up in the all-star short subject, Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945). In the 1942 feature, a brief bit of this number, serving as the coda, was done by Miss Grable, John Payne, Victor Mature and chorus. Another deletion was a slapstick dance routine by Miss Grable and Mr. Payne. See more »


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I'll Be Marching to a Love Song
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung and danced by Betty Grable, Victor Mature, John Payne, chorus
This number cut very short; rest used in a Movietone short
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Good early Grable backstage musical despite not being in Technicolor...
14 October 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As in A YANK IN THE R.A.F., BETTY GRABLE proved with this one that she didn't need Technicolor to sparkle. As it is, she could (as she herself modestly said) sing a little, dance a little, and act a little. Well, she turned those abilities into a show biz personality on screen that kept her popular at the box-office, especially during wartime America in World War II as the nation's number one pin-up girl.

Here she doesn't expand too much on those talents, but does well as a chorus girl who becomes the love interest of reliable Fox stars VICTOR MATURE and JOHN PAYNE, as boxers. When you watch both of them fighting for Betty's affection, it reminds you why they were so often chosen to co-star opposite vivacious Betty.

It's also fun to see a supporting cast that includes JANE WYMAN (still playing sharp-tongued chorines at this stage in her career), JAMES GLEASON and PHIL SILVERS. None of the songs are particularly memorable, but it's all good fun as backstage musicals go.

Since I'm used to recalling Grable in all of her Technicolor films, it seems strange to see her in glorious B&W, but her fans should enjoy this one--and her co-stars are just fine, particularly Mature as the overly cocky boxer who can't take his mind off Grable. No wonder COBINA WRIGHT, JR. is his jealous sweetheart.

My favorite line: Victor Mature saying in all seriousness to Betty Grable: "You know, you're right. I never do think of myself first."

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