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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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As Thousands Cheer  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The songs "Daybreak" and "I Dug A Ditch" were recorded by several artists and bands in 1943-44 and were big hits. See more »

Quotes

Hyllary Jones: Trapeze? Are Eddie's parents acrobats?
Kathryn Jones: Aerialists! And I love him!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Peanuts Movie (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Honeysuckle Rose
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Music by Fats Waller
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Played by Benny Carter and His Band
Sung by Lena Horne
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How did I miss this one?
29 January 2005 | by (OKC) – See all my reviews

Well, I'm stumped as to why this film isn't better known. I'd barely heard of it. Kathryn Grayson is at her most adorable in this one. She sings like an angel, she looks like an angel, she wrinkles her nose like an angel. Gene Kelly is charming, but underused.

The last hour of the film is a star-studded camp show for the boys, and I'm certain that the film was sent overseas to entertain the troops during the war. The finale is somewhat bizarre and stilted -- Grayson singing with what looks to be 400 middle-aged men from different countries -- and provokes a sort of desperate hope that the world will one day again be at peace.

'Thousands Cheer' is an odd hybrid of musical-comedy, review and morality play, but I decidedly enjoyed and appreciated it. See if it doesn't make you misty.


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