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Sweethearts on Parade (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 15 July 1953 (USA)
Cam Ellerby (Ray Middleton) brings his traveling medicine show to town and it spells glamor and excitement to young Sylvia Townsend (Eileen Christy). Her mother, Kathleen (Lucille Norman), ... See full summary »

Director:

Allan Dwan

Writer:

Houston Branch
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Middleton ... Cam Ellerby
Lucille Norman ... Kathleen Townsend
Eileen Christy ... Sylvia Townsend Ellerby
Bill Shirley ... Bill Gamble
Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez ... Lolita Lamont (as Estelita)
Clinton Sundberg ... Dr. Harold Wayne
Harry Carey Jr. ... Jim Riley, aka James Whitcomb Riley
Irving Bacon ... Sheriff Doolittle
Leon Tyler Leon Tyler ... Tommy Wayne
Marjorie Wood Marjorie Wood ... Wardrobe Woman
Mara Corday ... Belle
Ann McCrea Ann McCrea ... Flo
Tex Terry Tex Terry ... Zebe
Emory Parnell ... Mayor
George Bamby George Bamby ... Musician
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Cam Ellerby (Ray Middleton) brings his traveling medicine show to town and it spells glamor and excitement to young Sylvia Townsend (Eileen Christy). Her mother, Kathleen (Lucille Norman), recalls the days when she was part of a similar troupe before her husband began wandering. Kathleen has plans to remarry, but discovers that Ellerby is her long-lost husband. Most of the story takes place in Kokomo, Indiana and the full name, as expressed in the film, of the sign-painter Jim Riley (Harry Carey Jr.)is James Whitcomb Riley, who later wrote a poem or two. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE SECRET THRILL THAT EVERY WOMAN REMEMBERS...and will never tell! (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sweetheart Time See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rex Allen was originally cast as Jim Riley, but was replaced by Harry Carey Jr.; however, Rex Allen still provided Jim Riley's singing voice. See more »

Soundtracks

You Naughty Naughty Men
(uncredited)
Lyrics by I. Kennick
Music by G. Bicknell
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Charming period musical drama
5 March 2006 | by 16mmRaySee all my reviews

Once again, Allan Dwan has made a silk purse out of a potential sow's ear. This could have been a syrupy, maudlin picture but the musical selections are done tastefully and the dramatics are pulled off with great sincerity. Ray Middleton has always been a little scary to me as a leading man (his best role was in MERCY ISLAND where he wound up being devoured by crocodiles!) and he comes close to going over the top here. But he reins himself in and does fine. Also very good is Bill Shirley, late of A&C MEET CAPTAIN KIDD. Harry Carey Jr. sings for himself for the most part - though I believe he is dubbed in his stage number with the quartet. Lucille Norman is good and Eileen Christy is very sweet as her daughter. The medicine show is a bit more ambitious than actual venues of the period, but that's okay. It's a great excuse for some classy Nick Castle dance routines. I recently acquired a 16mm B&W print of this film. I would love to see it in color some day. But it seems very low on Paramount's restoration horizon (they now own the Republic library). Still, it deserves a revival. It's definitely a charmer worth seeing.


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