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Footlight Serenade (1942)

A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.

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Gregory Ratoff

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Kenneth Earl (story), Robert Ellis | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... William J. 'Bill' Smith
Betty Grable ... Pat Lambert
Victor Mature ... Tommy Lundy
Jane Wyman ... Flo La Verne
James Gleason ... Bruce McKay
Phil Silvers ... Slap
Cobina Wright ... Estelle Evans (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
June Lang ... June
Frank Orth ... Mike the stage doorman
Mantan Moreland ... Amos. Tommy's Dresser (as Manton Moreland)
Irving Bacon ... Stagehand
Charles Tannen ... Charlie, Stage manager
George Dobbs ... Frank, Dance director
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Storyline

Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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The miracle musical of 1942!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baci carezze e pugni See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Fidel LaBarba , former Olympic Gold Metal Winner ( 1924 ) & World Flyweight Boxing Champion ( 1925 -27 ) Co-Wrote the story with Kenneth Earl while working directly for Daryl F. Zanuck. The Original story named "Kid Dynamite", was loosely based on Fidel's own life at the time. Fidel gave boxing lessons to Daryl F. Zanuck on a regular basis. Noted in article in February 15, 1937 Life Magazine. See more »

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Bruce McKay: She's closed up more nightclubs than the chief of police!
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung and danced by Betty Grable
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Good early Grable backstage musical despite not being in Technicolor...
14 October 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

As in A YANK IN THE R.A.F., BETTY GRABLE proved with this one that she didn't need Technicolor to sparkle. As it is, she could (as she herself modestly said) sing a little, dance a little, and act a little. Well, she turned those abilities into a show biz personality on screen that kept her popular at the box-office, especially during wartime America in World War II as the nation's number one pin-up girl.

Here she doesn't expand too much on those talents, but does well as a chorus girl who becomes the love interest of reliable Fox stars VICTOR MATURE and JOHN PAYNE, as boxers. When you watch both of them fighting for Betty's affection, it reminds you why they were so often chosen to co-star opposite vivacious Betty.

It's also fun to see a supporting cast that includes JANE WYMAN (still playing sharp-tongued chorines at this stage in her career), JAMES GLEASON and PHIL SILVERS. None of the songs are particularly memorable, but it's all good fun as backstage musicals go.

Since I'm used to recalling Grable in all of her Technicolor films, it seems strange to see her in glorious B&W, but her fans should enjoy this one--and her co-stars are just fine, particularly Mature as the overly cocky boxer who can't take his mind off Grable. No wonder COBINA WRIGHT, JR. is his jealous sweetheart.

My favorite line: Victor Mature saying in all seriousness to Betty Grable: "You know, you're right. I never do think of myself first."


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