Riding High

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical, Western

Lamour is an ex-burlesque star who heads out west for a visit to poppa Moore. He's a silver miner, but things haven't been going so well for him. Powell is a mining engineer and a convenient love interest for Lamour. She puts on a show for a local dude ranch to raise everyone's spirits and helps Powell catch a band of counterfeiters. The film is full of...read more

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Lamour is an ex-burlesque star who heads out west for a visit to poppa Moore. He's a silver miner, but things haven't been going so well for him. Powell is a mining engineer and a convenient love interest for Lamour. She puts on a show for a local dude ranch to raise everyone's spirits

and helps Powell catch a band of counterfeiters. The film is full of energy and spirit, but unfortunately the script is short on wit and long on stupidity. The songs are unmemorable, well beneath the talents of Powell and Lamour. The numbers include "You're the Rainbow," "Get Your Man," "Whistling

in the Dark" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin), "I'm the Secretary to the Sultan" (Robin), "Injun Gal Heap Hep" (Rainger, Robin, Joseph Lilley), "Willie the Wolf of the West" (Johnny Mercer, Lilley), and "He Loved Me Till the All-Clear Came" (Mercer, Harold Arlen). How's that for song titles? The color

photography is used well but is really wasted on this empty musical. An early outing for then 20-year-old Marie "the Body" McDonald. The film earned an Oscar nomination for its sound.

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