Thousands Cheer

  • 1943
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

The Louis B. Mayer axiom that MGM had "more stars than there are in heaven" was proven true by this flag-waving wartime extravaganza. Promising opera singer Kathryn Jones (Kathryn Grayson) puts her career on hold to keep house for her Army colonel father (John Boles) after he and his wife (Mary Astor) separate. Kathryn's life becomes further complicated...read more

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The Louis B. Mayer axiom that MGM had "more stars than there are in heaven" was proven true by this flag-waving wartime extravaganza. Promising opera singer Kathryn Jones (Kathryn Grayson) puts her career on hold to keep house for her Army colonel father (John Boles) after he and his

wife (Mary Astor) separate. Kathryn's life becomes further complicated by the arrival of Pvt. Eddie Marsh (Gene Kelly), a former circus trapeze artist who doesn't much like the Army way of life but who wants to transfer to the Air Corps and realizes that by winning over Kathryn he may be able to

wangle the transfer he's after from her father. Along the way, of course, he discovers that he really loves Kathryn, her parents go to great lengths to keep the two apart, and Eddie puts himself on the line to demonstrate his love for her.

Despite the rather perfunctory storyline, much of the film is taken up with the star-studded show that Kathryn organizes, featuring not only Eddie's trapeze act but a raft of MGM stars, including Eleanor Powell, Frank Morgan, Lucille Ball, Marsha Hunt, Red Skelton, Anne Sothern, and John Conte.

The whole affair is emceed by Mickey Rooney, who does a very funny impression of Clark Gable (who was unable to appear in the film because he was in the service) and Lionel Barrymore from TEST PILOT. Filled with great comedy bits, boasting loud but nostalgically fun color and first-rate production

values, THOUSANDS CHEER is two hours plus of solid entertainment.

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