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Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)

Unrated | | Comedy, Musical | 2 December 1942 (USA)
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A Paramount Studios security guard who was a major actor during the silent film era must carry out the illusion that he is still a big deal when his sailor son comes to visit.

Directors:

George Marshall, A. Edward Sutherland (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Tugend (original screenplay), George S. Kaufman (sketches) (as George Kaufman) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby - 'Old Glory' Number
Bob Hope ... Bob Hope - Master of Ceremonies
Fred MacMurray ... Frank in Card-Playing Skit
Franchot Tone ... John in Card-Playing Skit
Ray Milland ... Joe in Card-Playing Skit
Victor Moore ... William 'Bronco Billy' Webster
Dorothy Lamour ... Dorothy Lamour- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Paulette Goddard ... Paulette Goddard- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Vera Zorina ... Vera Zorina- 'That Old Black Magic' Number
Mary Martin ... Mary Martin- 'Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
Dick Powell ... Dick Powell-' Hit the Road to Dreamland' Number
Betty Hutton ... Polly Judson
Eddie Bracken ... Johnny Webster
Veronica Lake ... Veronica Lake- 'Sweater, Sarong & Peekaboo Bang' Number
Alan Ladd ... Alan Ladd- Scarface Skit
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Storyline

Pop, a security guard at Paramount has told his son that he's the head of the studio. When his son arrives in Hollywood on shore leave with his buddies, Pop enlists the aid of the studio's dizzy switchboard operator in pulling off the charade. Things get more complicated when Pop agrees to put together a show for the Navy starring Paramount's top contract players. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Paramount's Big Musical See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au pays du rythme See more »

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Gross USA:

$602,500
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[In front of Old Glory and a plaster Mt. Rushmore]
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Hit the Road to Dreamland
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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All star flag waving froth for the war time movie fan.
14 July 2012 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Pretty much this is Paramount's contribution to the war effort in 1942. Plot basically sees Victor Moore as Pop, who by way of some deceit has to keep up the pretence to his sailor son Johnny Webster (Eddie Bracken) that he is head of the studio, when in fact he is just a gatekeeper there. As Johnny and his sailor pals make their way to the studio, Pop, aided by switchboard operator Polly Judson (Betty Hutton), sets about putting on a all star show for the boys. Cue sketches and variety turns by a ream of Paramount performers. Some of the situ comedy works, such as Bob Hope in the shower with William Bendix and Hutton trying to scale a wall aided by two bendy blokes, other moments, however, fall a little flat. But when the froth is war-oriented or the stars are poking fun at themselves, it scores well and the musical numbers are never less than pleasant.

Good old time cinema while it's also fun to play spot the star. 7/10


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