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Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

Approved | | Music, Romance | 26 March 1943 (USA)
One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of... See full summary »

Director:

Albert S. Rogell

Writers:

Frank Gill Jr. (original screenplay), Frances Hyland (additional dialogue)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Carroll ... Rick Farrell
Susan Hayward ... Jill Wright
Gail Patrick ... Toni Jarrett
Eve Arden ... Belinda Wright
Melville Cooper ... Bradley Cole
Walter Catlett ... J. MacClellan Davis
Mary Treen ... Janie
Tom Kennedy ... Westinghouse
Astrid Allwyn ... Joyce Germaine
Tim Ryan ... Brownie May
Jack Williams Jack Williams ... The Harlem Sandman
Dorothy Dandridge ... Count Basie Band Singer
Albert Whitman Albert Whitman ... Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie)
Louis Williams Louis Williams ... Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie)
The Music Maids The Music Maids ... Singing Group
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Storyline

One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

A RHAPSODANSICAL REVUE PACKED WITH RIOTOUS COMEDY...SWEET SWING...AND GALA GAIETY! (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change of Heart See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1949 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Change of Heart
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sung by John Carroll
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Pops and Louie -- and Art Deco
11 October 2006 | by catherine-71See all my reviews

This "Hit Parade" movie made a huge impression on me when i saw it on television back in the 1980s under the title "Change of Heart." Two things about it gave me reason to search it out for a repeat playing -- the wonderful art deco sets in the second half of the film and the spectacularly eccentric dancing of the team of Pops and Louie. It is well worth looking for, and i am glad i finally located it again, but i sure had to look for a long time, as there is another film with the title "Change of Heart" that -- until the advent of the IMDb -- folks always seemed to get confused with this one. Susan Hayward and John Carroll are quite good, the music is fine, but, really, for me this movie is all about Pops and Louie and that wild Art Deco set decoration.


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