Rhythm on the River

Rhythm on the River

Bing Crosby
Director: Victor Schertzinger Cast: Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby
, Mary Martin
Mary Martin
, Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Victor Schertzinger


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Billy Wilder was among the screenwriters of this easy-to-take Bing Crosby musical. Basil Rathbone dominates the proceedings as Oliver Courtney, a popular composer whose most successful tunes were actually ghost-written by musician Bob Summers (Crosby) and lyricist Cherry Lane (Mary Martin). Unaware of each other's existence at first, Bob and Cherry eventually discover that they've been duped by the pompous Courtney. They decide to break away from their employer and team up on their own, but the powerful Courtney manages to block their professional efforts. Ultimately, hero and heroine emerge triumphant, and Courtney is forced to help them get started on the road to success lest he be exposed as a charlatan. Piano prodigy Oscar Levant essays his first full-out comedy role as Courtney's sarcastic assistant, taking time out to poke fun at his own real-life phobias (in his memoirs, Levant recalled that he spent many a pleasant afternoon listening to the middle-aged Basil Rathbone discuss his digestive problems in vivid and eloquent detail!) None of the seven original songs in Rhythm on the River grew up to be hits, but the title tune did manage to get generous airplay thanks to Bing Crosby.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2019
UPC: 0191329031117
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 34,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bing Crosby Bob Summer
Mary Martin Cherry Lane
Basil Rathbone Oliver Courtney
Oscar Levant Billy Starbuck
Oscar Shaw Charlie Goodrich
Charles Grapewin Uncle Caleb
Lillian Cornell Millie Starling
William Frawley Mr. Westlake
John Scott Trotter Himself
Charles Lane Mr. Bernard Schwartz
Harry Barris Bass Player
William Benedict Elevator Boy
Brandon Hurst Bates
Phyllis Kennedy Patsy Flick
Wingy Manone Woody
Pierre Watkin Uncle
Jeanne Cagney Country Cousin
Ken Carpenter Teddy Gardner, announcer

Technical Credits
Victor Schertzinger Director,Score Composer
William Le Baron Producer
Hugh Bennett Editor
Johnny Burke Score Composer
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
James V. Monaco Score Composer
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Jacques Thery Original Story
Victor Young Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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