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Thousands Cheer (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Musical  |  January 1944 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Private Eddie Marsh
Hyllary Jones
Colonel Bill Jones
Ben Blue ...
Chuck Polansky
Marie Corbino
Mary Elliott ...
Helen Corbino
Frank Jenks ...
Sergeant Koslack
Frank Sully ...
Captain Fred Avery
Ben Lessy ...
Silent Monk
Emcee at the Show
Red Skelton


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 <>

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1.37 : 1
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Some cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Connie Gilchrist (Taxicab driver), Daisy Bufford (Maid), Pierre Watkin (Alex), Edmund Mortimer (Guest) and Lionel Barrymore (Announcer). Bryant Washburn Jr. was announced as a cast member, but only his father, Bryant Washburn, had a role in the movie. Gus Schilling was also announced as a cast member, but he was not in the movie either. Barrymore is referenced by a comic impersonation performed by Mickey Rooney. See more »


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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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