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Thousands Cheer (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | January 1944 (USA)
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »

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Cast

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Pvt. Eddie Marsh
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Hyllary Jones
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Col. Bill Jones
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Chuck Polansky
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Marie Corbino
Mary Elliott ...
Helen Corbino
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Sgt. Koslack
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Alan
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Capt. Fred Avery
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Silent Monk
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Mickey Rooney - Emcee at the Show
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Red Skelton
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Storyline

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family's trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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January 1944 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Put out as a morale-booster/propaganda movie the whole romance story was designed for two purposes: first, to show, through Eddie Marsh (Gene Kelly), that everyone had to cooperate and work together for the war effort and, second, to provide a framework for cameo performances by many of the studio stars both for marquee value and to maximize the entertainment potential of the film. See more »

Quotes

Hyllary Jones: Hello, Bill.
Colonel Bill Jones: How are you, Hyllary?
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Crazy Credits

The credit for José Iturbi appears after all other cast and crew opening credits and reads: "And Introducing JOSÉ ITURBI in his first appearance on the screen." This appears on screen as he is seen conducting an orchestra in the opening scene of the film. See more »

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References Test Pilot (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Sempre libera
(uncredited)
from the "La traviata"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Conducted by José Iturbi
Sung by Kathryn Grayson
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Class Distinctions in the Army
2 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When You watch Thousands Cheer please note the plot similarities between it and the two John Ford cavalry classics Fort Apache and Rio Grande. Kathryn Grayson is an army brat whose army father John Boles and show business mother Mary Astor separated years ago as in Rio Grande. Kathryn like Shirley Temple has fallen for a man of the ranks, a recent draftee. Fortunately John Boles is a bit more understanding than Henry Fonda was.

But folks, you don't watch films like Thousands Cheer for the story, thin as it is. You watch to see a whole lot of fabulous acts and a kind of film that can never be done again because we don't have all that talent under one studio roof. Gene Kelly the object of Grayson's affections was fairly new to films and is only give one dance number, an impromptu affair with a broom. With Eleanor Powell in the same film it would have been nice had they partnered in a number. But back then MGM wasn't thinking of posterity.

Just like in Paramount's Star Spangled Rhythm, the hook is a show that is being put on at the camp John Boles is in charge of. Mickey Rooney serves as one lively master of ceremonies and does some wicked impersonations of fellow MGM players Lionel Barrymore and Clark Gable.

My favorite though is Lena Horne singing Honeysuckle Rose. Best thing about a very entertaining film.


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