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Rhythm in the Clouds (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music, Romance | 21 June 1937 (USA)
Struggling songwriter Judy Walker talks her way into the apartment of a famous composer, and finds that he's on vacation. Homeless and without any money, she decides to stay at his place ... See full summary »

Director:

John H. Auer

Writers:

Olive Cooper (screenplay), Nathanael West (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Ellis ... Judy Walker
Warren Hull ... Bob McKay
William Newell ... Clyde Lyons
Richard Carle ... J.C. Boswell
Zeffie Tilbury ... Maggie Conway - the Duchess de Lovely
Charles Judels ... Luigi Fernando
Robert Paige ... Phil Hale
Joyce Compton ... Amy Lou
Suzanne Kaaren ... Dorothy Day
Esther Howard ... Mrs. Madigan
Eddie Parker ... Baxter (as Ed Parker)
James C. Morton ... Cop
Rolfe Sedan ... Victor
Richard Beach Richard Beach ... Ben Graham
Ranny Weeks Ranny Weeks ... Radio Announcer
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Storyline

Struggling songwriter Judy Walker talks her way into the apartment of a famous composer, and finds that he's on vacation. Homeless and without any money, she decides to stay at his place until his return, making use of all his belongings, and spreading the word that she is the composer's collaborator. She writes a song, wtih the composer listed as the co-writer, which becomes a big radio hit. The famous composer returns, and screwball comedy ensues. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

GAY as champagne! GLAMOROUS as a rare perfume! SOPHISTICATED as Paris in Spring! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Phil Hale: [Angrily] That Walker girl can't put it over on me. I'll sue for damages and get them unless you stop the program.
Clyde Lyons: [Barging into the room, extremely flustered] Wait! Wait! Sh... she was hungry. She had to eat.
Phil Hale: Get outa here.
Rewrite Man: Who had to eat? What?
Clyde Lyons: Judy Walker. She had to eat his apartment. No, I, I mean she had to move into his food. No, I mean...
Phil Hale: She had to forge my name?
Clyde Lyons: Certainly. She couldn't forge her own! She was desperate. The landlord wouldn't listen to her music. No, I mean, I mean she ...
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Soundtracks

Hawaiian Hospitality
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Owens and Ray Kinney
Performed by Suzanne Kaaren and Hawaiian band (uncredited)
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Republic's idea of sophisticated screwball something-or-other
10 February 2006 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

This tedious 'musical' from 1937 was clearly an A grade Republic production maybe hoping to tag along on the bottom half of a double bill with a smart A grade film from MGM or Paramount. Very well produced with lavish and well furnished big sets and some style RHYTHM IN THE CLOUDS is basically a company calling card or showreel of Republic's 'expertise'... but...someone forgot to create something for the audience to enjoy. Screenplay by Nathaniel West (Of Day Of The Locust fame...he also later adapted Let's Make Music for RKO) who must have used a blunt pencil for this one. An A grade film out of Republic was a B+ for RKO or Columbia which might indicate the level of expertise on show. Basically it is about a dishonest female music arranger sneaks into the apartment of a vacationing composer and creates the impression they are collaborating. Her music with his name on it too. It becomes a hit and makes the radio. He returns: "screwball situations" . It just isn't very interesting. A no-star cast who might have been Boston stage actors recently and a forgettable music score makes this film dull. If you want to some ambitious production imagery and set design and camera work etc hard at work at Republic in their early days of 1937 here it is. A 30s production curio only. Amusingly, it is what Grand National or later in 1937, Monogram was striving for.


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