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Hitchhike to Happiness (1945)

Approved | | Musical | 16 July 1945 (USA)
A famous radio singer takes time off from her career and returns to New York City to visit with old friends, who don't know she's a famous singer (she uses a stage name). She falls in love ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Stanley Brown ...
Joe Mitchell (as Brad Taylor)
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A famous radio singer takes time off from her career and returns to New York City to visit with old friends, who don't know she's a famous singer (she uses a stage name). She falls in love with a struggling songwriter (who also doesn't know she's a famous singer), and sets out to get his songs into a play that some producers want her to be in. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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16 July 1945 (USA)  »

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Doce Impostora  »

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Hitchhike to Happiness
Music by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
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Dale Evans sprightly in grade B show biz musical

This was Dale Evans' 18th film and she had yet to meet up with her cowboy husband, Roy Rogers, when Republic put her in this enjoyable but rather inept backstage musical. The title is dumb - no one hitchhikes anywhere (one would at least imagine her car would break down and she would hitch a ride from her boyfriend to be, but no such luck). This is a convoluted backstage musical story. It stars a lacklustre comic personality named Al Pearce, whose every attempt at humor falls flat as a pancake (he only made five films between 1937 and 1948 and hosted his own tv show - but who remembers him?). Her leading man, a likeable enough fellow, Stanley Brown, here billed as Brad Taylor, made an incredible 102 films in eight years, of which this was his second to last. He left films in 1945 and died just last year.

The story - Evans place Alice Chase, a successful radio singer, who takes a vacation and returns to NY to visit some folks who knew her when and under her former name (Mary Kelly). Funny she never let them know she made it big. One of these is Kippy Ellis, a waiter and would-be playwright in a Broadway diner. She falls for a young song writer and hopes to get his songs in a new show she is being wooed for - she finds out her leading man and former boyfriend doesn't really want her back - he worked out a deal to star in the show and get 10% if he could nab her. These nasty producer types are being followed by a Hungarian producer who they dump by giving him Kippy's play and promoting him as a great playwright - a nasty trick to play. They are pretty much an awful bunch. Kippy spends his advance and takes on the songwriter to rework his show. When the songwriter learns that Mary Kelly is really Alice Chase, he thinks she's been playing a nasty trick on him, like her producer friends played on Kippy, and takes a hike. Meanwhile the Hungarian producer does like the show and produces it but they need the songwriter's musical rights release, so she goes on radio and sings one of his songs to lure him back by opening night. See what I mean- more plot than one film can rightly hold.

The cast is pretty forgettable other than the inimitable lovely personality of Ms. Evans, who holds it together. Arlene Harris as a non-stop talking gossip columnist steals all the comedy kudos. There are four songs: Hitchhike to Happiness; My Pushover Heart; Sentimental; For You and Me. It was nominated for an Oscar for Scoring, but this was not deserved. A few background notes and basic orchestrations for the songs do not add up to Oscar worthy consideration - this was the last year that every studio was guaranteed a nomination of whatever films it submitted in the Sound, Score, Scoring and Song categories.

All in all an okay Republic B film but today of value only for fans of Ms. Evans. Extremely rare, it was taped off of CBN-TV and my video copy was obtained through a search service. UCLA has three copies, one complete and two incomplete.


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