Rhythm Parade (1942)

HOWARD BRETHERTON, DAVE GOULD

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1942.  Monogram Pictures.  Story and Screenplay by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Film Editing by .

One of many hit-parade films made to showcase popular songs and performers of the time before music videos were invented, with so shameless a focus on songs that you wonder why they even bothered with a plot.  There is one, though, slim as it is, featuring a peppy and charming as a young woman trying to make it in the music business except that an evil rival keeps getting in her way.  There’s something involving a baby that may or may not be hers, and a man who gets the wrong idea and, thanks to exceptionally bad writing, the film manages to confuse you in a mere 64-minute running time.  What’s worth paying attention to are a couple of numbers that work, though none of them are particularly memorable and a couple of them, performed by the raucously annoying , are best left to history.

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