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Thousands Cheer (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | January 1944 (USA)
Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her... See full summary »

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Paul Jarrico (story "Private Miss Jones"), Richard Collins (story "Private Miss Jones") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Grayson ... Kathryn Jones
Gene Kelly ... Pvt. Eddie Marsh
Mary Astor ... Hyllary Jones
John Boles ... Col. Bill Jones
Ben Blue ... Chuck Polansky
Frances Rafferty ... Marie Corbino
Mary Elliott Mary Elliott ... Helen Corbino
Frank Jenks ... Sgt. Koslack
Frank Sully ... Alan
Dick Simmons ... Capt. Fred Avery
Ben Lessy ... Silent Monk
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Rooney - Emcee at the Show
Judy Garland ... Judy Garland
Red Skelton ... Red Skelton
Eleanor Powell ... Eleanor Powell
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Storyline

Acrobat Eddie Marsh is in the army now. His first act is to become friendly with Kathryn Jones, the colonel's pretty daughter. Their romance hits a few snags, including disapproval from her father. Eddie's also plagued by fear of having an accident during his family's trapeze act in the army variety show, which also features a gallery of MGM stars. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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The STARiffic Musical Hit! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Miss Jones See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The songs "Daybreak" and "I Dug A Ditch" were recorded by several artists and bands in 1943-44 and were big hits. See more »

Goofs

Members of the American Military do not travel around the United States with their weapons. Especially when being moved on civilian conveyance. See more »

Quotes

Pvt. Eddie Marsh: There's so much to say.
Kathryn Jones: Don't say anything. Just come back.
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Crazy Credits

The credit for José Iturbi appears after all other cast and crew opening credits and reads: "And Introducing JOSÉ ITURBI in his first appearance on the screen." This appears on screen as he is seen conducting an orchestra in the opening scene of the film. See more »

Connections

Edited into American Masters: Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Daybreak
Music by Ferde Grofé Sr. (as Ferde Grofe)
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Conducted by José Iturbi (uncredited)
Sung by Kathryn Grayson (uncredited)
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How did I miss this one?
29 January 2005 | by silvrdalSee all my reviews

Well, I'm stumped as to why this film isn't better known. I'd barely heard of it. Kathryn Grayson is at her most adorable in this one. She sings like an angel, she looks like an angel, she wrinkles her nose like an angel. Gene Kelly is charming, but underused.

The last hour of the film is a star-studded camp show for the boys, and I'm certain that the film was sent overseas to entertain the troops during the war. The finale is somewhat bizarre and stilted -- Grayson singing with what looks to be 400 middle-aged men from different countries -- and provokes a sort of desperate hope that the world will one day again be at peace.

'Thousands Cheer' is an odd hybrid of musical-comedy, review and morality play, but I decidedly enjoyed and appreciated it. See if it doesn't make you misty.


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