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Priorities on Parade (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 July 1942 (USA)
Troupers (Ann Miller, Johnnie Johnston, Jerry Colonna) put on a swing show in a World War II aircraft plant.


Albert S. Rogell


Art Arthur (original screenplay), Frank Loesser (original screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Miller ... Donna D'Arcy
Johnny Johnston ... Johnny Draper (as Johnnie Johnston)
Jerry Colonna ... Jeep Jackson
Betty Jane Rhodes ... Lee Davis (as Betty Rhodes)
Barbara Jo Allen ... Mariposa Ginsbotham (as Vera Vague)
Harry Barris ... Harvey Erkimer
Eddie Quillan ... Sticks O'Hara
Dave Willock ... Push Gasper
Nick Cockrane Nick Cockrane ... Frank - Cornetist
Rod Cameron ... Stage Manager
Arthur Loft ... E. V. Hartley, Personnel Manager
The Debonnaires The Debonnaires ... Specialty Act (as The Debonairs)
William Forrest ... Col. Reeves
Warren Ashe Warren Ashe ... 1st Examiner
Charles Halton ... 2nd Examiner


Troupers (Ann Miller, Johnnie Johnston, Jerry Colonna) put on a swing show in a World War II aircraft plant.

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SIX BIG HIT PARADE SONGS! (all caps) See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 July 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Priorities of 1942 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


The Machine Age
Danced by The Debonnaires
Narrated & acted by Jerry Colonna
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Engaging musical
27 August 2005 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is clearly a long forgotten musical as is evidenced by the fact that it has not registered 5 votes.Yet i have to say it is very entertaining.There is singing and dancing from Ann Miller and comedy from Jerry Colunna.Colunna used of course to be Bob Hope's straight man and turned up in a good many films in the 40s.He had a big mustache and a very loud voice which he put to good use in shouting rather than singing songs.What you could term a lowbrow Mario Lanza!The film is centered around a dance band entertaining a war plant and sacrificing their musical careers for the war.So at certain times the message is sold to you good and hard.Give up your $2000 a week contract and work in a war plant!Anyway ignoring the message it is all good fun.

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