Hit Parade of 1941 (1940) AKA Romance and Rhythm


A small radio station is saved from going bankrupt by a backer, who agrees to invest money for television equipment if the owner allows his dancing daughter Annabelle to dance and sing on the screen. Due to her voice, her singing needs to be dubbed by the owner’s girlfriend Pat Abbott. Problems arise when the owner starts dating Annabelle.

Director: John H. Auer. AKA Romance and Rhythm
Stars: Kenny Baker, Frances Langford, Hugh Herbert, Mary Boland, Ann Miller, Patsy Kelly, Phil Silvers, Sterling Holloway, Donald MacBride, Barnett Parker, Franklin Pangborn, Six Hits and a Miss, Borrah Minevitch and His Harmonica Rascals, Borrah Minevitch, Jan Garber.

1941 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Original Song (Jule Styne/Walter Bullock).
1941 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Score (Cy Feuer). 


Many thanks to Steve for sending me a copy of this movie.

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  1. Nathan
    August 15, 2019

    Awesome! Thank you!

  2. August 15, 2019

    Forgett the hoary plotline & just enjoy the Jule Styne music plus the talents of a strong specialty cast. A young Ann Miller is spectacular in her dances scenes, plus the singing of Kenny Baker & Frances Langford. And the comedic fun of Silvers & the glorious Patsy Kelly. But it is also the chance to see Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica Rascals at their slapstick best. Quaint & interesting not the least because it projects the beginnings of television production eight years before it became a national movement!

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