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Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

 -  Music | Romance  -  26 March 1943 (USA)
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One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of... See full summary »

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John Carroll ...
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Jill Wright
Gail Patrick ...
Toni Jarrett
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Belinda Wright
Melville Cooper ...
Bradley Cole
Walter Catlett ...
J. MacClellan Davis
Mary Treen ...
Janie
Tom Kennedy ...
Westinghouse
Astrid Allwyn ...
Joyce Germaine
Tim Ryan ...
Brownie May
Jack Williams ...
The Harlem Sandman
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Count Basie Band Singer
Albert Whitman ...
Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie)
Louis Williams ...
Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie)
The Music Maids ...
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One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A RHAPSODANSICAL REVUE PACKED WITH RIOTOUS COMEDY...SWEET SWING...AND GALA GAIETY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Music | Romance

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26 March 1943 (USA)  »

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Change of Heart  »

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| (1949 re-release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Harlem Sandman
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Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Danced by Jack Williams
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Susan's a tune-smith
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Minor programmer has a silly plot but Susan Hayward, looking beautiful, is saucy in the lead and was actually engaged briefly in real life to costar and Clark Gable lookalike John Carroll. Eve Arden is thankfully aboard to offer her peerless wisecracks and look glamorous. Gail Patrick is on hand as well playing a silky villainess adding a nice touch to the proceedings. They are all better than the nothing script deserves. On top of that you get Count Basie and Dorothy Dandridge in a wonderful specialty number. Originally called Change of Heart this is as good an example as any of the low budget films studios used to pump out on a weekly basis to keep their theatre chains supplied with product but it's also how they built stars. With all the superior talent involved it's worth catching once but that will probably be enough.


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