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Hit Parade of 1941 (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 15 October 1940 (USA)
A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the ... See full summary »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Bradford Ropes (original screenplay), F. Hugh Herbert (original screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kenny Baker ... David Farraday
Frances Langford ... Pat Abbott / Singing voice of Anabelle Potter
Hugh Herbert ... Ferdinand Farraday
Mary Boland ... Emily Potter
Ann Miller ... Anabelle Potter
Patsy Kelly ... Judy Abbott
Phil Silvers ... Charlie Moore
Sterling Holloway ... Soda Clerk
Donald MacBride ... Harrison
Barnett Parker ... Mr. Pasley
Franklin Pangborn ... Carter
Six Hits and a Miss Six Hits and a Miss ... Singing Group
Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals ... Harmonica Band
Borrah Minevitch Borrah Minevitch ... Borrah Minevitch, Harmonica Rascals Leader
Jan Garber Jan Garber ... Jan Garber, Band Leader
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Storyline

A small radio station is saved of getting bankrupt by a backer, who invests money for a TV equipment, if the owner allows, that his dancing daughter Annabelle can dance and sing on the screen, but due to her voice, her singing had to be dubbed by the owner's girl friend Pat Abbott.But problems start, when the owner starts dating Annabelle. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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KENNY BAKER Romantic Cavalier of the air! and FRANCES LANGFORD Radio's Lady of Son! - Glamorous ANN MILLER Sparkling star of twinkling toes! BORRAH MINEVITCH and his HARMONICA RASCALS Master of comedy and rhythm! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance and Rhythm See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

| (1953 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frances Langford dubbed Ann Miller's sining voice in addition to her own. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the rerelease titled "Romance and Rhyhtm" over 30 minutes were cut See more »

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Follows The Hit Parade (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Cool of the Evening
Written by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Walter Bullock
Performed by Six Hits and a Miss with the Jan Garber Orchestra
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Just one of many films that 1952's "Singin' in the Rain" owes a major part of it plot premise.
19 December 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

Republic Pictures cut 28 minutes from this film's original running time of 88 minutes and reissued it in 1952 (no less) as "Romance and Rhythm." A lot of the cuts involved Ann Miller's dancing and left a lot of the film's rhythm out of the edited film even if it was included in the new title.

The unedited plot found independent radio station WPX losing its important ad accounts to network stations and is about to go belly-up. One of its most important accounts is the Farraday Trading Post, a "swap shop" in a Connecticut suburb. Ferdinand Farraday (Hugh Herbert), entirely devoid of business acumen, accepts the decree of his nephew, David Farraday (Kenny Baker), that their sponsorship of a radio program be discontinued. Station manager Harrison (Donald MacBride) rushes to Wyndham Ferry, flanked by two of his singers, Pat Abbott (Frances Langford) and Judy Abbott (Patsy Kelly), to save the account. Harrison quickly sizes up Uncle Ferd as an unqualified screwball and contrives to trade his insolvent station for the Farraday Trading Post.

Television takes the country by storm (in the film, at least, and was about to in the real world if World War II hadn't put it on hold for the duration)and all radio stations, if they are to survive, are obliged to install expensive television equipment. Uncle Ferd borrows money and places the Wyndham Trading Post, which he no longer owns, as security. This makes it vitally necessary for the Farradays to make the station profitable within the ninety-day period of the loan.

Mrs. Emily Potter (Mary Boland), a Brooklyn department store tycoon (tycooness?), is persuaded to sponsor a television program, but only if her daughter, Annabelle (Ann Miller), be starred as a singer. Annabelle can dance up a storm on legs that stretch from Monday to at least Friday but singing is not one of her many attributes. No problem. David persuades Pat to supply the singing voice, while Annabelle appears on the television screen, singing into a dead mike.

Annabelle becomes a big singing star and Pat is okay with this because she loves David. But, for publicity purposes, David must be seen in public frequently with Annabelle, and he thoughtlessly breaks dates with Pat to do so. Sister Judy is indignant but Pat refuses to expose the hoax. So Donald O'Connor....uh...sorry...make that Judy, taking things in her own hands, switches controls during Annabelle's telecast, and Annabelle's real voice is heard.

The jig is up but no harm, no foul for all hands. Pat becomes a singing star and Annabelle a show-stopping dancer. And any film with a cast that includes Phil Silvers as a brassy radio announcer, crying-voice Sterling Holloway as a philosophical soda jerk, prissy-as-usual Franklin Pangborn, Barnett Parker's English-variety humor ( beg pardon, humour), ditzy Mary Boland, little Annie Miller's dancing and Frances Langford's singing is a keeper. At least, in the original 88-minute version. A whole lot of the above is missing in the 60-minute "Romance and Rhythm" version.


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