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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

ROMANCE ... RHYTHM ... REVELRY. Combined to give you a musical extravaganza of matchless beauty and entertainment See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance and Rhythm See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1953 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

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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1940's "B" Musical gets an A+ Rating!
26 November 2008 | by chank46See all my reviews

Ho-Hum, another "B" musical from the 1940's. Right away you just know it's silly and stupid. What a waste of good film! Unfortunately a lot of people are ready to apply these tags upon seeing the title and the year. I feel sorry for people like that because they are missing out on some wonderful films with very talented actors and actresses.

Hit Parade of 1941 stars the beautiful and utterly charming Frances Langford and the smooth voiced Kenny Baker as the girl and boy who find love. Film veterans Hugh Herbert, Mary Boland, Phil Silvers, Patsy Kelly, Donald MacBride, Sterling Holloway and Ann Miller in her first film add their support and strength to make this a real ensemble piece. The pacing of this movie is superb, it moves right along from one situation to another. The score and the song, the beautiful "Who Am I" were nominated for Academy Awards. They should have won! Is it too late to demand a recount? Frances Langford sings "Who Am I" first as a lovely duet with Kenny Baker, and then Frances does it as a solo in that wonderful dreamy voice of hers. Words cannot describe the honeyed voice of this gorgeous woman. By all means see this movie if you can, and make sure it's not the edited version. You don't want to miss a second of this charming movie. Of course it's all a matter of opinion, if you don't like 40's music and musicals you won't like this one...or will you?


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