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Tim Ryan (original screenplay) and
Charles R. Marion (original screenplay)
Release Date:
22 April 1944 (USA) See more »
Jimmy O'Brien (Robert Lowery)and Sammy Rubin (Sidney Miller), write jingle commercials for radio... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Lowery ... Jimmy O'Brien

Dona Drake ... Mary Adams
Tim Ryan ... Mr. O'Hara (as Tim)

Irene Ryan ... Polly Kane (as Irene)
Sidney Miller ... Sammy Rubin
Jerry Cooper ... Tommy Taylor

Harry Langdon ... Mr. Whiffle
Robert Kent ... Herman Strohbach
Lloyd Ingraham ... Brown
Cyril Ring ... Jackson
Joan Curtis ... Alice Jones
Paul Porcasi ... Mr. Peroni
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Angry Man in Nightclub (uncredited)
Horace B. Carpenter ... Store Owner (uncredited)
Ben Hall ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Frank Pharr ... Car Owner (uncredited)

Directed by
William Beaudine 
Writing credits
Tim Ryan (original screenplay) and
Charles R. Marion (original screenplay)

Produced by
Lindsley Parsons .... producer
Trem Carr .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan  (as Ira Morgan)
Film Editing by
Richard C. Currier (film editor) (as Richard Currier)
Art Direction by
E.R. Hickson 
Set Decoration by
Albert Greenwood (settings) (as Al Greenwood)
Production Management
William Strohbach .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eddie Davis .... assistant director (as Edward Davis)
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Music Department
Edward J. Kay .... musical director (as Edward Kay)
Other crew
Dave Milton .... technical director
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #9937)

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Irene Ryan of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1962) fame is a cast member. There is no mistaking her once she speaks. She is the secretary/receptionist of Tom O'Hara (played by Tim Ryan, her real-life husband).See more »
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15 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
What happened at Monogram in 1944?, 1 October 2007
Author: ptb-8 from Australia

Suddenly something professional and quite zippy took over Monogram musicals in 1944 if the ones I have seen lately are a guide: LADY LETS DANCE and THE SULTAN'S DAUGHTER have been major surprises. HOT RHYTHM is a record company farce of mistaken identity and may just have been recycled into the equally funny PRC musical SWING HOSTESS in 1945. However, this Monogram 'musical special' owes its gloss and hilarity to a very funny script by Tim Ryan, Irene's husband (she of Grandma Clampett fame 20 years later... who'd have thought!) .....again here playing her Gracie Allen dizzy routines and singing a couple of witty songs with excellent orchestrations. Both THE SULTANS DAUGHTER and HOT RHYTHM are clearly Tim and Irene showcases with the added solid talent this time of dazzling ROAD movie co star the truly beautiful Dona Drake with handsome BATMAN star Robert Lowrey. With a lesser vision and budget (at Monogram!) this would have been a Gale Storm musical like the dreadful NEARLY EIGHTEEN or CAMPUS RHYTHM made the year before... but clearly someone at Monogram found a pile of cash somewhere and raised the quality quite a few notches to come up with these Tim and Irene musicals. HOT RHYTHM has a good co starring cast including the rarely seen Jerry Cooper who looks a lot like a morphing of Bing Crosby and Donald O'Connor. There is one song here called "Right Under My Nose" which I believe I recognize as being pinched from the Columbia musical of 1941 called TIME OUT FOR RHYTHM... another radio/record musical. The tune is exactly the same and the lyrics to Columbia's "Twiddling My thumbs" exactly fit "Right Under My Nose". Hmmmmmm..... However, in HOT RHYTHM, the comedy is good, the farce amusing, Irene Ryan is hilarious and funny song "The Happiest Girl In the World" suits her perfectly... and the closing number "You talked Me Into It" is solid swing. HOT RHYTHM is clearly the start of the real quality '44/'45/'46 Monogram production schedule like WHEN STRANGERS MARRY and DILLINGER then SUSPENSE and into the bigger frame Allied Artists mentality. I would like to see a lot more Monogram Pictures from 1944 because I think I have found the spot. (like 10 years prior when Herbert J Yates saw it and gobbled them up, into Republic Pictures)... I am having a really good time researching Monogram Pictures and you could too if 2008 right holders Warner Bros actually properly start releasing these films in new DVD order and clarity. DECOY anybody? .....see that one and those mentioned here (if you can) and you will enthusiastically join the hunt.

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