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1 August 1942 (USA) See more »
A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Payne ... William J. 'Bill' Smith

Betty Grable ... Pat Lambert

Victor Mature ... Tommy Lundy

Jane Wyman ... Flo La Verne

James Gleason ... Bruce McKay

Phil Silvers ... Slap

Cobina Wright ... Estelle Evans (as Cobina Wright Jr.)

June Lang ... June

Frank Orth ... Mike the stage doorman

Mantan Moreland ... Amos. Tommy's Dresser (as Manton Moreland)

Irving Bacon ... Stagehand

Charles Tannen ... Charlie, Stage manager
George Dobbs ... Frank, Dance director
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louise Allen ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Loretta Barnett ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Harry Barris ... Composer (uncredited)

Eleanor Bayley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Teddy Blue ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Nightclub Headwaiter (uncredited)
Esther Brodelet ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Reporter (uncredited)
Edgar Caldwell ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Barbara Clark ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Russ Clark ... Referee (uncredited)

Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Movie Theatre Usher (uncredited)
James Craven ... Park Towers Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Midgie Dare ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Davis ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

John Dilson ... Justice of the Peace (uncredited)
Jane Eberling ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jeanne Francis ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Frances Gladwin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Kay Gordon ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Janet Graves ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dorothy Harris ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Wilma Holly ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
George Holmes ... Bill, Cowboy in Movie (uncredited)
Marjorie Jackson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Lynne Kelly ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Donna La Barr ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Tommy's Handler, Kid Corcoran Fight (uncredited)
Billie Lane ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Tommy's Cornerman in Fight Number (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Boxing Commissioner (uncredited)

Trudy Marshall ... Secretary (uncredited)
Dona Massin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Carole Mathews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Margie McKay ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Pat McKee ... Pug (uncredited)
Bud Mercer ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Jim Mercer ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse ... Nightclub Dance Extra / Audience Extra (uncredited)
Peggy Lou Neary ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
William Newell ... Writer (uncredited)
James Notaro ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)

Hermes Pan ... Assistant Dance Director (uncredited)
Patsy Perrin ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Bill's Cornerman in Fight Number (uncredited)
Eleanor Peterson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Gerald Pierce ... Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Lillian Porter ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sheila Rae ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Marjorie Raymond ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Beth Renner ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Ruth Riley ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Jack Roper ... Kid Corcoran (uncredited)
Lillian Ross ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Sheila Ryan ... Ann, Cowgirl in Movie (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Bill's Cornerman in Fight Number (uncredited)
Linda Scott ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Stagehand with Boxing Gloves (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Dancer (uncredited)
Marcia Sweet ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sue Taylor ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dan Tobey ... Ring Announcer (uncredited)
Doris Toddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Referee (uncredited)
Ray Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Nondas Wayne ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sethma Williams ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Don Wilson ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Usher (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Estelle's Maid (uncredited)
Sally Yarnell ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Ratoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kenneth Earl  story
Robert Ellis 
Fidel LaBarba  story
Helen Logan 
Lynn Starling 

Produced by
William LeBaron .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Henderson (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes 
Film Editing by
Robert L. Simpson 
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Albert Hogsett 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Makeup Department
Guy Pearce .... makeup artist
Sound Department
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... musical director
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... dance director
Angela Blue .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Boxing Meets Broadway, 21 July 2004
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Betty Grable at the point in her career when she made Footlight Serenade was just starting to be known as the GIs number one pin-up girl.

Stardom came late for her, she had been in films for more than ten years. But when it came she became the biggest female star in films. With her singing and dancing and all around good cheer, Footlight Serenade is a classic example of what put her at the top.

Grable gets able support by John Payne and Victor Mature. Payne was also hitting his stride as Fox's singing Tyrone Power and he and Grable have some nice if forgettable tunes. Payne's rival here is Victor Mature also a rising leading man for Darryl Zanuck.

Mature's character is interesting. He's the heavyweight champion of the world, but a champ far more interested in the night life than in his trade. In fact at the beginning of the film, comedian Phil Silvers says to producer James Gleason, Mature has charisma the women are nuts about him, let's put him on stage. Gleason agrees and the film and its situations commence.

I'm convinced that Victor Mature's role is based on former heavyweight champion Max Baer. Baer was one of the 1930s most colorful characters and worthy of a good sports biography. As a boxer there was nothing he didn't lack including a murderous punch that two fatalities could be chalked up to. It was said that Baer lost the killer instinct after that even though he later became heavyweight champion in 1934, beating Primo Carnera. Baer's reign as champion was one long party, just like Mature's character seems to be having. After a year of good times Baer decided to get back in the ring and realizing he was out of shape told his managers to get him a good tune-up fight. The opponent they dug up for him was James J. Braddock who was an unemployed longshoreman in the Depression who took up boxing to feed his family.

Well Braddock the Cinderella Man as he was dubbed beat Max Baer in 1935 and even though he lost in his first title defense to Joe Louis, the Cinderella Man became the stuff of legends. That Cinderella Man moniker got used in another popular film while Braddock was champion and I think Sly Stallone had Braddock in mind when he created the Rocky character.

Oddly enough both Baer and Victor Mature never took themselves too seriously. Baer had a show business career himself and he lived and partied hardy. I think Mature was able to capture this in the role very well.

But it's a Grable picture and for her fans, a real treat.

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