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Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 2 December 1942 (USA)
Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's ... See full summary »

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(original screenplay), (sketches) (as George Kaufman) | 3 more credits »
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Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Musical Comedy Revue That Tops Them All!

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Comedy | Musical

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2 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Au pays du rythme  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Veronica Lake's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. See more »

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During the jeep ride, one of the sailors is thrown out when the vehicle hits a bump and jumps onto a dirt road. The sailor is then shown back in the jeep in the next shot. See more »

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[In front of Old Glory and a plaster Mt. Rushmore]
Bing Crosby: [singing] Germans, Italians, and Japs / Can't kick us off our Rand-McNally maps.
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On the Swing Shift
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Marjorie Reynolds, Betty Jane Rhodes and Dona Drake
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An uneven ride
7 February 2001 | by (flint mi) – See all my reviews

At best, 1942 was a year of confusion because of World War Two. Perhaps that is why the movie is uneven. The movie was released before the first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which drew the United States into the war as a legal active participant. The purpose of this film seems two-fold: to entertain in time of war and to provide Paramount with a opportunity to do its part in the war effort in public. There are some extraordinary scenes, such as the dance number in the aircraft plant and Betty Hutton's singing during a jeep ride. In general, however, the movie promises more than it delivers, and the scene with Bing Crosby singing of "Old Glory" in front of Mount Rushmore (with a patriotic chorus) is simply too jingoistic. One bright result is the Bracken-Hutton screen relationship in this movie which blossomed into very good comedy in a later film, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."


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