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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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
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"Hit Parade of 1943" was later re-titled "Change of Heart", though changing the title did nothing to improve this second-rate bit of fluff. Although it stars Susan Hayward, this was before she became a top star and the film is clearly a case of her slumming it at Republic Studios. Her co-star is the equally non-famous John Carroll--who, as usual, plays a bit of a slime-ball.
Hayward plays a song writer who is supposed to be quite smart and a tough cookie as well. So, when she meets up with a slimy song writer (Carroll) and he steals her music, you assume she'll make sure to get her revenge. So far, so good. However, soon she falls in love with him and all is forgiven--although he's clearly a jerk who's made a career out of stealing other people's work! I HATE films that feature supposedly smart women acting like total idiots--and that certainly is the case here. What will happen with this budding love--especially when Carroll's OTHER woman makes an appearance? Who cares.
The only thing about this film that is worth seeing is the big musical number featuring some top Black entertainers of the era--including Count Basie and a young Dorothy Dandridge. The plot, in contrast, is a complete mess--and never comes close to being engaging or believable in any manner. A bad film redeemed, very slightly, by the music.
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