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Priorities on Parade (1942)

Approved | | Musical | 23 July 1942 (USA)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Donna D'Arcy
... Johnny Draper (as Johnnie Johnston)
... Jeep Jackson
... Lee Davis (as Betty Rhodes)
... Mariposa Ginsbotham (as Vera Vague)
... Harvey Erkimer
... Sticks O'Hara
... Push Gasper
Nick Cockrane ... Frank - Cornetist
... Stage Manager
... E. V. Hartley, Personnel Manager
The Debonnaires ... Specialty Act (as The Debonairs)
... Col. Reeves
Warren Ashe ... 1st Examiner
... 2nd Examiner
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IT JUST KEEPS SWINGING ALONG! (all caps) See more »

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Musical

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23 July 1942 (USA)  »

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Priorities of 1942  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount originally assigned the female lead to Ellen Drew who, tired of being given "B" pictures, refused it. The studio suspended her and gave the role to Betty Jane Rhodes. See more »

Soundtracks

The Machine Age
(ballet)
Danced by The Debonnaires
Narrated & acted by Jerry Colonna
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Ann Miller Gets Top Billling at Paramount Pictures
10 November 2012 | by See 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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