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The Hit Parade (1937)

Approved | | Musical | 26 April 1937 (USA)
Agent Pete Garland is fired by society singer Monica Barrett after he got her a new radio contract, because she thinks her lawyer friend Teddy Leeds fits in better with her social status. ... See full summary »


Gus Meins


Bradford Ropes (screenplay), Samuel Ornitz (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances Langford ... Ruth Allison (nee Ruth Swanson)
Phil Regan ... Pete Garland
Max Terhune ... Rusty Callahan
Edward Brophy ... Mulrooney
Louise Henry ... Monica Barrett
Pert Kelton ... Eadie White
Pierre Watkin ... J. B. Hawley
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Sgt. O'Hara
Monroe Owsley ... Teddy Leeds
Inez Courtney ... Tillie
William Demarest ... Parole Officer
George Givot ... Herman
Sammy White Sammy White ... Dancer
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Member, The Gentlemaniacs (as Paul Garner)
Sam Wolfe Sam Wolfe ... Member, The Gentlemaniacs


Agent Pete Garland is fired by society singer Monica Barrett after he got her a new radio contract, because she thinks her lawyer friend Teddy Leeds fits in better with her social status. To get even, Pete wants to make an unknown singer into a star. He finds Ruth Allison, drives her hard through rehearsals and makes her a star. But she is worried about her past, something she hasn't told Pete: She's an ex-convict and jumped bail in order to keep her partners in crime out of it. Further she's in love with Pete, but feels that he's still carrying a torch for Monica. When Monica's popularity is decreasing, Pete is able to get Ruth a stint on the program, the result is Monica is fired and Ruth get her job, but Monica takes revenge by revealing Ruth's past. Ruth considers it is best for her to disappear before being arrested, but she has become a star in public opinion. Will she get Pete or will she go to prison again ? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Republic's star-studded production. A cast of screen and radio headliners.










Release Date:

26 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I'll Pick a Star See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (1950 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Followed by Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) See more »


Was It Rain?
Music by Lou Handman
Lyrics by Walter Hirsch
Sung by Frances Langford
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I liked this obscure movie called The Hit Parade
28 December 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

If you're reading this under my username, you probably know I'm reviewing both the Our Gang series and individual projects of many of their players in chronological order. So it is with this, one of several features directed by former Our Gang helmer Gus Meins. This is a musical comedy hodge podge of various comics and musicians filling an hour of a thin plot of someone looking for a new girl singer after his previous one quits him. Phil Regan is this someone and Frances Langford is this new singer. Edward Brophy is one of the nervous producers. Both Regan and Brophy would later appear in Swing Parade of 1946 with The Three Stooges consisting of Moe, Larry, and Curly. I note that because one of the acts presented here is called The Gentlemaniacs (Dick Hakins, Sammy Wolf, Mousie Garner) who joined the Stooges' former mentor, Ted Healy, on stage after Healy split from them over "creative differences". They'd eventually split from him as well. Their act isn't too different from those Stooges as they stomp, yell, and blow smoke in each other faces as they sing gibberish on stage to some familiar tunes. Also appearing here is Pert Kelton-the first Alice Kramden on "The Honeymooners" sketches when it was presented on Jackie Gleason's "Calvacade of Stars" on the Dumont network-doing some nice wisecracks. I have to also note someone from my favorite movie-It's a Wonderful Life-as one of the players since I always like to do so whenever I'm reviewing here. J. Farrell MacDonald-the one who castigated George Bailey for crashing his car on his grandfather's tree and then thinking he must be referring to two other trees in the Pottersville sequence-plays Sgt. O'Hara here. Then there's another man (Max Terhune) who does imitations and has a dummy that I found hilarious! And then there's Duke Ellington with singer Ivie Anderson and Eddy Duchin with both their orchestras to really add to the musical fun! So on that note, The Hit Parade was quite an entertaining movie.

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