Star Spangled Rhythm (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

Star Spangled Rhythm (1942)

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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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Victor Moore
as Pop Webster
Walter Abel
as Frisbee
Eddie Bracken
as Jimmy Webster
Betty Hutton
as Polly Judson
Macdonald Carey
as Louie the Lug
Edward Fielding
as Mr. Freemont
Gil Lamb
as Hi-Pockets
Bob Hope
as Master of Ceremonies
Tom Dugan
as Hitler
Paul Porcasi
as Mussolini
Richard Loo
as Hirohito
Alan Ladd
as Scarface
Gary Crosby
as Himself
Slim and Slam
as Themselves
Chester Clute
as Bob Hope Skit
Boyd Davis
as Capt. Kingsley
Frank Moran
as Man with Sturges
Eddie Dew
as Petty Officer
Rod Cameron
as Petty Officer
John Shay
as Sentry
Jack Roberts
as Assistant Director
Frank Faylen
as "Black Magic" Number
The Golden Gate Quartet
as "Dreamland" Number
Sterling Holloway
as "Sweater, Sarong, and Peek-a-Boo Bang" Number
Eddie Marr
as "Old Glory" Number
Ralph Murphy
as Himself
Lynne Overman
as Card-playing Skit
Sherman Sanders
as "Swing Shift" Number
Woody Strode
as "Smart As a Tack" Number
Ernest Truex
as "Priorities" Number
Bing Crosby
as Himself
Vera Zorina
as Specialty
Dick Powell
as Specialty
Jerry Colonna
as Specialty
Susan Hayward
as Genevieve
Irving Bacon
as Farmer 'Old Glory' number
Virginia Brissac
as Lady from Iowa 'Old Glory'
Matt McHugh
as Man from Brooklyn 'Old Glory'
Peter Potter
as Georgia boy 'Old Glory' number
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Critic Reviews for Star Spangled Rhythm

All Critics (3)

So-so all-star film with a few bright moments.

May 12, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Star Spangled Rhythm

½

Pure corn but the wall scaling skit is hysterical.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Another movie from the forties which looks specifically made for the war effort. Like many others the skits, songs, and dance numbers take priority over the plot of the film. The cool thing is that they always have so many stars in these movies, so it's interesting to see what they will all do. It's an alright movie, but be prepared for lots of song and dance.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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