Hit Parade Of 1941

  • 1940
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

Once again Republic attempted to emulate the "Big Broadcast" films and came up short with this, the second entry in the five-picture "Hit Parade" series. This time Baker stars as the nephew of thrift shop owner Herbert who sells his business and buys a rinky-dink radio station. Seeking sponsors, Herbert taps department store owner Boland who agrees to lend...read more

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Once again Republic attempted to emulate the "Big Broadcast" films and came up short with this, the second entry in the five-picture "Hit Parade" series. This time Baker stars as the nephew of thrift shop owner Herbert who sells his business and buys a rinky-dink radio station. Seeking

sponsors, Herbert taps department store owner Boland who agrees to lend some money to the effort only if her aspiring singer-dancer daughter Miller is allowed to inflict her talents on the listening public. While Miller is great with the tap shoes, she can't carry a tune to save her life, which

necessitates hiring songstress Langford to overdub Miller's voice. Langford and Baker soon fall for each other and the usual complications follow. The song "Who Am I?," (Jule Styne, Walter Bullock) was nominated for an Oscar, but lost to "When You Wish Upon a Star" from PINOCCHIO. Other songs

include "Swing Low Sweet Rhythm," "In The Cool of the Evening," "Make Yourself at Home," "The Swap Shop Song," "The Trading Post," "Sally," "Ramona," "Sweet Sue" (Styne, Bullock), "Dinah" (John Stromberg, Robert B. Smith), "Margie" (Benny Davis, Con Conrad, J. Russell Robinson), and "Mary Lou"

(Abe Lyman, George Waggner, Robinson). Sequels in 1943, 1947, and 1950.

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