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Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 2 December 1942 (USA)
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A Paramount Studios security guard who was a major actor during the silent film era must carry out the illusion that he is still a big deal when his sailor son comes to visit.

Directors:

George Marshall, A. Edward Sutherland (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original screenplay), George S. Kaufman (sketches) (as George Kaufman) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby - 'Old Glory' Number
Bob Hope ... Bob Hope - Master of Ceremonies
Fred MacMurray ... Frank in Card-Playing Skit
Franchot Tone ... John in Card-Playing Skit
Ray Milland ... Joe in Card-Playing Skit
Victor Moore ... William 'Bronco Billy' Webster
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour - 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Paulette Goddard ... Paulette Goddard- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Vera Zorina ... Vera Zorina- 'That Old Black Magic' Number
Mary Martin ... Mary Martin- 'Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
Dick Powell ... Dick Powell-' Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
Betty Hutton ... Polly Judson
Eddie Bracken ... Johnny Webster
Veronica Lake ... Veronica Lake- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Alan Ladd ... Alan Ladd- Scarface Skit
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Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The Musical Comedy Revue That Tops Them All! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Trivia

Veronica Lake's singing voice was dubbed by Martha Mears. See more »

Goofs

During the jeep ride, one of the sailors is thrown out when the vehicle hits a bump and jumps onto a dirt road. The sailor is then shown back in the jeep in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[In front of Old Glory and a plaster Mt. Rushmore]
Bing Crosby: [singing] Germans, Italians, and Japs / Can't kick us off our Rand-McNally maps.
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Connections

References Reap the Wild Wind (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Swing Shift
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung and Danced by Marjorie Reynolds, Betty Jane Rhodes and Dona Drake
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Mobilized
9 January 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US mobilized unlike any society before or since.

A large part of that was because of a very cooperative media, especially the new medium of movies. The White House asked them to rush some feel-good films into production and this was paramount's first response. It is a collection of skits wrapped in a thin story. Most of the skit material is in the form of a "show" for sailors, but many of them inexplicably use cinematic conventions that couldn't be staged.

Because this was stitched together so quickly, it is of widely varying tone and quality. I suppose the parts you like will depend on who you are.

There's a pretty big, lush production number (ostensibly a movie being shot that some sailors visit) that has atypically svelte and acrobatic girls. Later, there's a number where black straight man Rochester dances pretty well.

So far as comedy, there are two classic scenes here that made this enjoyable for me: This was Betty Hutton's first big role and she does Lucy better than Lucy I think. One scene is a hilarious attempt to climb over a wall with the aid of two men. It's amazingly physical, worthy of Keaton. Check her out in "Perils of Pauline," also directed by Marshall, who seems to have understood her.

The other comic bit worth seeing is Bob Hope trapped in a shower with William Bendix, and avoiding being discovered. Hope's not a great comic, in fact he falls flat elsewhere in this project. But this one skit is perfect for him.

Preston Sturges is one of the main figures in folded films (films about film), and he plays himself here, screening a film.

Ted's Evaluation -- 2 of 3: Has some interesting elements.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Star Spangled Rhythm See more »

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Gross USA:

$602,500
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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