Youth On Parade (1942)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1942.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by , additional dialogue by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1942.

Average campus comedy that is worth checking out for a handful of terrific musical numbers.   is funny as a tough-talking city girl who works as a performer and is convinced to come to a state college and fulfil a prank that the students have played on their professor.  It seems the youngsters have proven the possibility of creating “the perfect student” in one of their sociological experiments, but when the faculty express interest in meeting their test subject, they find they have to either provide a figure for presentation or else risk being expelled.  O’Driscoll fills in since she is also told that a big-time musical producer will be attending the school concert, and silliness ensues.  It’s all dreadfully cute, but the songs (which also include the Oscar-nominated “It Seems I Heard That Song Before”) really are great and performed with terrific gusto (O’Driscoll is dubbed but still has a lot of power as performer) and there’s an easy sense of charm to the interactions between the actors that makes it a fun trip back in time.

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