Star Spangled Rhythm

Star Spangled Rhythm

Victor Moore
Director: George Marshall Cast: Victor Moore
Victor Moore
, Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton
, Eddie Bracken
Eddie Bracken
George Marshall

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Overview

Star-Spangled Rhythm is a typical wartime all-star musical-comedy melange, this time from Paramount Pictures. The slender plot involves the efforts by humble studio doorman Pop Webster (Victor Moore) to pass himself off as a big-shot Paramount executive for the benefit of his sailor son Jimmy (Eddie Bracken). The overall level of humor can be summed up by the scene in which Webster is advised that the best way to pretend to be a studio big-shot is to say "It stinks!" to everything -- whereupon Cecil B. DeMille shows up to ask Webster's opinion about his current production. Betty Hutton, cast as studio switchboard operator and co-conspirator Polly Judson, is at her most rambunctiously appealing here. The huge lineup of guest performers includes Bing Crosby (and his 8-year-old son Gary!), Bob Hope, Veronica Lake, Dorothy Lamour, Dick Powell, Mary Martin, Alan Ladd, Fred MacMurray, William Bendix, Paulette Goddard, and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, most (but not all) of them going through their characteristic paces. Highlights include a surrealistic rendition of "That Old Black Magic" with Johnnie Johnston and Vera Zorina; a frantic staging of the old George S. Kaufman sketch "If Men Played Cards as Women Do" with MacMurray, Ray Milland, Franchot Tone, and Lynn Overman; and "The Sweater, the Sarong and the Peekaboo Bang," first performed by Goddard, Lamour and Lake, then lampooned in drag by Arthur Treacher, Sterling Holloway and Walter Catlett! PS: The actor playing Rochester's chauffeur in the "Smart as a Tack" number is John Ford "regular" Woody Strode.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2014
UPC: 0025192243165
Original Release: 1942
Source: Universal Mod
Time: 1:39:00
Sales rank: 9,043

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victor Moore Pop Webster
Betty Hutton Polly Judson
Eddie Bracken Jimmy Webster
Anne Revere Sarah
Walter Abel Frisbee
Cass Daley Mimi
Gil Lamb Hi-Pockets
Edward Fielding Mr. Freemont
Edgar Dearing Mac
Eddie "Rochester" Anderson Specialty
Katherine Dunham Dancer
William Haade Duffy
Maynard Holmes Sailor
James Millican Sailor
Ed Johnson Tommy
Slim and Slam Themselves
Maxine Ardell Actor
William Bendix Actor
Gladys Blake Liz
Karin [Katharine] Booth Kate
Don Castle Actor
Walter Catlett Actor
Chester Clute Bob Hope Skit
Gary Crosby Himself
Boyd Davis Capt. Kingsley
Marjorie Deanne Actor
Albert Dekker Actor
Dona Drake Actor
Ellen Drew Actor
Frank Faylen "Black Magic" Number
Susanna Foster Actor
Frances Gifford Actor
Golden Gate Quartet "Dreamland" Number
Lynda Grey Girl
Sterling Holloway "Sweater, Sarong, and Peek-a-Boo Bang" Number
Jack Hope Actor
Johnny Johnston Actor
Cecil Kellaway Actor
Alice Kirby Actor
Alan Ladd Scarface
Victor Laplace Actor
Arthur Loft Casey
Jimmy Lydon Actor
Fred MacMurray Actor
Eddie Marr "Old Glory" Number
Mary Martin Actor
Lorraine Miller Actor
Frank Moran Man with Sturges
Ralph Murthy Himself
Lynne Overman Card-playing Skit
Barbara Pepper Actor
Jean Phillips Actor
Betty Jane Rhodes Actor
Jack Roberts Assistant Director
Rochester Actor
Sherman Sanders "Swing Shift" Number
John Shay Sentry
Charles B. Smith Actor
Woody Strode "Smart As a Tack" Number
Arthur Treacher Actor
Ernest Truex "Priorities" Number
Donivee Lee Actor
Frederic Henry Actor
Christopher King Actor
Marcella Phillips Finale
Barney Dean Actor
Bing Crosby Himself
Bob Hope Guest
Franchot Tone Guest
Ray Milland Guest
Dorothy Lamour Herself
Paulette Goddard Specialty
Vera Zorina Specialty
Dick Powell Specialty
Veronica Lake Herself
Jerry Colonna Specialty
MacDonald Carey Louie the Lug
Susan Hayward Genevieve
Mabel Paige Actor
Robert Preston Guest
Irving Bacon Farmer 'Old Glory' number
Virginia Brissac Lady from Iowa 'Old Glory'
Rod Cameron Petty Officer
Eddie Dew Petty Officer
Tom Dugan Adolf Hitler
Eva Gabor Actor
Dorothy Granger Officer
Richard Loo Hirohito
Matt McHugh Man from Brooklyn 'Old Glory'
Paul Porcasi Mussolini
Peter Potter Georgia boy 'Old Glory' number
Marjorie Reynolds Specialty
Preston Sturges Himself
Cecil B. DeMille Himself
Diana Lynn Actor
Keith Richards Officer

Technical Credits
George Marshall Director
Harold Arlen Score Composer,Songwriter
George Balanchine Choreography
Daniel Dare Choreography
Robert Emmett Dolan Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Dreier Art Director
Ernst Fegte Art Director
Melvin Frank Screenwriter
George S. Kaufman Screenwriter
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Johnny Mercer Songwriter
Norman Panama Screenwriter
Arthur Phillips Screenwriter
Arthur A. Ross Screenwriter
Fred Saidy Screenwriter
Stephen Seymour Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Sistrom Producer
Theodor Sparkuhl Cinematographer
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Harry Tugend Screenwriter
Paul Weatherwax Editor
Wally Westmore Makeup

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