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Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 26 March 1943 (USA)
One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of... See full summary »

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Frank Gill Jr. (original screenplay), Frances Hyland (additional dialogue)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carroll ... Rick Farrell
Susan Hayward ... Jill Wright
Gail Patrick ... Toni Jarrett
Eve Arden ... Belinda Wright
Melville Cooper ... Bradley Cole
Walter Catlett ... J. MacClellan Davis
Mary Treen ... Janie
Tom Kennedy ... Westinghouse
Astrid Allwyn ... Joyce Germaine
Tim Ryan ... Brownie May
Jack Williams Jack Williams ... The Harlem Sandman
Dorothy Dandridge ... Count Basie Band Singer
Albert Whitman Albert Whitman ... Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie)
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... Singing Group
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Storyline

One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

THE PEAK OF SWING PLAYED BY THE RHYTHM KING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change of Heart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1949 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Sandman
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Danced by Jack Williams
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Limp musical with stunning black performers.
24 June 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

The plot is so tiny it almost falls off the screen. Of course it's just an excuse for Hayward to look gorgeous and for the performance of a number of wartime hits. But what is remarkable here are the black performers, including Count Basie and Dorothy Dandridge and a pair of amazing male dancers. The central Sandman of Harlem number is outstanding.

The rest is pretty dull with John Carroll trying to be Clark Gable - but Eve Arden provides a few laughs and she works very well with Hayward.


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