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Priorities on Parade (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 July 1942 (USA)
Troupers (Ann Miller, Johnnie Johnston, Jerry Colonna) put on a swing show in a World War II aircraft plant.

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Art Arthur (original screenplay), Frank Loesser (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Miller ... Donna D'Arcy
Johnny Johnston ... Johnny Draper (as Johnnie Johnston)
Jerry Colonna ... Jeep Jackson
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Lee Davis (as Betty Rhodes)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Mariposa Ginsbotham (as Vera Vague)
Harry Barris ... Harvey Erkimer
Eddie Quillan ... Sticks O'Hara
Dave Willock ... Push Gasper
Nick Cockrane Nick Cockrane ... Frank - Cornetist
Rod Cameron ... Stage Manager
Arthur Loft ... E. V. Hartley, Personnel Manager
The Debonnaires The Debonnaires ... Specialty Act (as The Debonairs)
William Forrest ... Col. Reeves
Warren Ashe Warren Ashe ... 1st Examiner
Charles Halton ... 2nd Examiner
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Troupers (Ann Miller, Johnnie Johnston, Jerry Colonna) put on a swing show in a World War II aircraft plant.

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First Big Swing Show Hits the Ceiling for Fun! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priorities of 1942 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Working title: "Priorities of 1943" See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Katrinka
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung by Johnny Johnston
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Ann Miller Gets Top Billling at Paramount Pictures
10 November 2012 | by timothymcclenaghanSee all my reviews

Here is top-billed Ann Miller with blonde hair. I really studied her in this film, and I don't think it's a wig.It must have taken gallons of peroxide to get her black hair blonde. Miller provides her usual snazzy tap dancing.

This film has peppy music, although none of it memorable enough to be included with "standards", or even memorable enough to have survived into present day, even though the composers were top-notch talent. Miller, Johnnie Johnstone and Betty Rhodes provide the vocals, with a little bit of Jerry Colonna's nonsense.

Vera Vague, the character created by Barbara Jo Allen, is listed in the credits under the character's name. Vague is the ditzy man-hungry ugly duckling, as the girlfriend of leading lady Rhodes.

The plot is topical for 1942 World War II: patriotism, war-effort, swing music, and with the usual boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end story included. Is it a "B" picture? Maybe, although it's a big too long for that category, but with lesser talents making up the cast, perhaps not an "A" picture, either. It would be an interesting project to research old newspaper advertisements to see how it was presented.


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