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Footlight Serenade (1942)

A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Kenneth Earl (story), Robert Ellis | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Payne ... William J. 'Bill' Smith
Betty Grable ... Pat Lambert
Victor Mature ... Tommy Lundy
Jane Wyman ... Flo La Verne
James Gleason ... Bruce McKay
Phil Silvers ... Slap
Cobina Wright ... Estelle Evans (as Cobina Wright Jr.)
June Lang ... June
Frank Orth ... Mike the stage doorman
Mantan Moreland ... Amos. Tommy's Dresser (as Manton Moreland)
Irving Bacon ... Stagehand
Charles Tannen ... Charlie, Stage manager
George Dobbs ... Frank, Dance director
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Storyline

Conceited World Champion boxer Tommy Lundy decides to test his popularity in a Broadway show. Tommy always has an eye for the ladies and he starts paying attention to beautiful chorus girl Pat Lambert. Pat's boyfriend Bill Smith isn't impressed with Tommy even though Tommy gets him a boxing part in the show. When Tommy finds out that Pat and Bill were secretly together the night before the show opens, he angrily plans to turn the boxing scene with Bill into a real bout. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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The miracle musical of 1942!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Baci carezze e pugni See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unused in the release print, footage of Betty Grable and chorus girls performing "I'll Be Marching to a Love Song" (music by Ralph Rainger, lyrics by Leo Robin) would wind up in the all-star short subject, Hollywood Victory Caravan (1945). In the 1942 feature, a brief bit of this number, serving as the coda, was done by Miss Grable, John Payne, Victor Mature and chorus. Another deletion was a slapstick dance routine by Miss Grable and Mr. Mature which can be seen in Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Vaults, hosted by Joan Collins. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Lundy: Will you come into my dressing room? Said the spider to the fly.
Pat Lambert: Oh, thank you, Mr. Spider, but I'm very, very shy.
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Featured in Salute to Stan Laurel (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Except with You
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
Sung by Cobina Wright
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Delightful backstage musical
5 January 2001 | by cocoanut_groveSee all my reviews

Highly entertaining 20th Century Fox musical stars Betty Grable as an aspiring actress, Victor Mature as a heartthrob boxer and John Payne as co-stars in a new Broadway show. Good tunes by Leo Robin and Ralph Rainger, nifty dancing from the stars and an enjoyable story combine to make Footlight Serenade a sprightly and underrated musical, filmed in glorious black and white. 10/10!!!


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