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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$602,500, 3 February 1943
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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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Trivia

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. It was released on DVD 8 October 2002 in tandem with My Favorite Blonde (1942) as part of Universal's Bob Hope Tribute Collection. See more »

Goofs

During the jeep ride, one of the sailors is thrown out when the vehicle hits a bump and jumps onto a dirt road. The sailor is then shown back in the jeep in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[In front of Old Glory and a plaster Mt. Rushmore]
Bing Crosby: [singing] Germans, Italians, and Japs / Can't kick us off our Rand-McNally maps.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

A Sweater, a Sarong and a Peek-a-Boo Bang
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Paulette Goddard, Dorothy Lamour, Veronica Lake (dubbed by Martha Mears),
Arthur Treacher, Walter Catlett and Sterling Holloway
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An uneven ride
7 February 2001 | by dexter-10See all my reviews

At best, 1942 was a year of confusion because of World War Two. Perhaps that is why the movie is uneven. The movie was released before the first anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which drew the United States into the war as a legal active participant. The purpose of this film seems two-fold: to entertain in time of war and to provide Paramount with a opportunity to do its part in the war effort in public. There are some extraordinary scenes, such as the dance number in the aircraft plant and Betty Hutton's singing during a jeep ride. In general, however, the movie promises more than it delivers, and the scene with Bing Crosby singing of "Old Glory" in front of Mount Rushmore (with a patriotic chorus) is simply too jingoistic. One bright result is the Bracken-Hutton screen relationship in this movie which blossomed into very good comedy in a later film, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek."


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