Review: ‘Footlight Serenade’

Footlight Serenade is a typical backstage number. New twist of minor importance has been provided for the boy-meets-girl-and-both-get-into-Broadway-show formula. Victor Mature is the champ, with the show built around him by producer James Gleason. His characterization is decidedly reminiscent of a heavyweight champ of the 1930s. Betty Grable gets a chorine job, while her fiance John Payne is projected into a line of candidates for stumble-bum for the champ in the show.

Footlight Serenade is a typical backstage number. New twist of minor importance has been provided for the boy-meets-girl-and-both-get-into-Broadway-show formula. Victor Mature is the champ, with the show built around him by producer James Gleason. His characterization is decidedly reminiscent of a heavyweight champ of the 1930s. Betty Grable gets a chorine job, while her fiance John Payne is projected into a line of candidates for stumble-bum for the champ in the show.

Although Mature successfully pictures the egoistic and swaggering fight champ for reverse angles, he’s painted with lily-white duco for the finish.

Gregory Ratoff carries the direction at a good pace. With the backstage filmusical angles well culled, there was nothing new for the scripters to devise on their own.

Footlight Serenade

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Gregory Ratoff; Producer William Le Baron; Screenplay Richard Ellis, Helen Logan, Lynn Starling; Camera Lee Garmes; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Lee Robin, Ralph Rainger

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

John Payne Betty Grable Victor Mature Jane Wyman Phil Silvers James Gleason

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