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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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Certificate:

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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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Eleanor Powell's boogie woogie routine and Lena Horne's rendition of "Honeysuckle Rose" were interpolated into Thousands Cheer (1943) when MGM abandoned its production of "Broadway Melody of 1943" before it was completed. Ironically, that aborted project was to have co-starred Powell and Gene Kelly, both of whom appear in Thousands Cheer (1943) but not together. 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: From now on I only kiss women I know.
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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

Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Boogie Woogie
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Music by Clarence 'Pine Top' Smith
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Plenty to enjoy but not great
12 March 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Thousands Cheer had a lot going for it from the get go, the biggest selling point being the amount of talent involved. While it is not a great film there is still plenty to enjoy and on the most part the cast are well-used.

Thousands Cheers' story is very thin and very contrived with the lead in to the film's second half feeling rather abrupt and the script is even thinner with a lot of hokey dialogue and too many moments where it sags in energy. A vast majority of the cast are great and are well-utilised, but Mary Astor is wasted with not very much to do and Red Skelton is more irritating than funny.

It is on the other hand very well-made with lavish sets and gorgeous photography while the Oscar nomination for the music score was deserved, it's very characterful and lush. The songs are not exactly memorable, apart from Honeysuckle Rose, but they are very pleasant and don't bog the film down at all, they are also very well-choreographed. Of all the show segments the highlights were Gene Kelly's dance with the mop, Eleanor Powell's tap dance, Lena Horne's beautiful rendition of Honeysuckle Rose and Judy Garland's uproarious The Joint Is Really Jumpin' in Carnegie Hall. You do wish that Gene Kelly had more dancing to do but he is dashing and very watchable and Kathryn Grayson is charm personified and sings beautifully.

All in all, not a great film but I would be lying if I said I didn't enjoy it. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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