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
NR (not rated)
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Bing Crosby
as Himself
Sterling Holloway
as "Sweater, Sarong, and Peek-a-Boo Bang" Number
Ray Milland
as Guest
Bob Hope
as Master of Ceremonies
Paulette Goddard
as Specialty
Alan Ladd
as Scarface
Macdonald Carey
as Louie the Lug
Dick Powell
as Specialty
Dorothy Lamour
as Herself
Victor Moore
as Pop Webster
Eddie Bracken
as Jimmy Webster
Susan Hayward
as Genevieve
Marjorie Reynolds
as Specialty
Walter Abel
as Frisbee
Betty Hutton
as Polly Judson
Veronica Lake
as Herself
Anne Revere
as Sarah
Lynne Overman
as Card-playing Skit
Frank Moran
as Man with Sturges
Jerry Colonna
as Specialty
Richard Loo
as Hirohito
Frank Faylen
as "Black Magic" Number
Woody Strode
as "Smart As a Tack" Number
Cass Daley
as Mimi
Irving Bacon
as Farmer 'Old Glory' number
Tom Dugan
as Hitler
Rod Cameron
as Petty Officer
Ernest Truex
as "Priorities" Number
Paul Porcasi
as Mussolini
Matt McHugh
as Man from Brooklyn 'Old Glory'
Arthur Loft
as Casey
Vera Zorina
as Specialty
Chester Clute
as Bob Hope Skit
Gil Lamb
as Hi-Pockets
Virginia Brissac
as Lady from Iowa 'Old Glory'
Boyd Davis
as Capt. Kingsley
Eddie Dew
as Petty Officer
Eddie Marr
as "Old Glory" Number
Gary Crosby
as Himself
Ralph Murphy
as Himself
Lynda Grey
as Girl
Edward Fielding
as Mr. Freemont
John Shay
as Sentry
Ed Johnson
as Tommy
Sherman Sanders
as "Swing Shift" Number
Jack Roberts
as Assistant Director
The Golden Gate Quartet
as "Dreamland" Number
Peter Potter
as Georgia boy 'Old Glory' number
Slim and Slam
as Themselves
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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
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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August 11, 2005

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August 22, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Star Spangled Rhythm

Paramount released this musical comedy, the first of the all-star WWII revues. This one benefits from big stars and a good score, including "Hit the Road to Dreamland" and the Oscar-nominated "That Old Black Magic."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Pure corn but the wall scaling skit is hysterical.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


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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