Review: ‘Hit Parade of 1943’

Here's a little musical which is 'little' only compared to some of the majors' past gargantuan efforts, but which actually blends a fetching set of songs, a wealth of variety talent, mostly colored, to a fair story.

Here’s a little musical which is ‘little’ only compared to some of the majors’ past gargantuan efforts, but which actually blends a fetching set of songs, a wealth of variety talent, mostly colored, to a fair story.

The cast names aren’t breath-taking as some of the others stabled in the major league studios, but from Al Cohen’s production and Al Rogell’s direction to the dance-staging and songsmithing it’s a very satisfying confection indeed.

You may get captious with the idea of making a thieving songwriter your hero, which is what John Carroll personates, but thus is Susan Hayward, talented young tunesmith, thrown together with him. In fact, the characterization of Rick Farrell, who even continues to let Hayward ghost his songs, is never wholly palatable, but Carroll’s personal charm glorifies the double-crossing, two-timing lothario of Lindy’s into a model swain in time for the fadeout.

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Hit Parade of 1943

Production

Republic. Dir Albert S. Rogell; Producer Albert J. Cohen; Screenplay Frank Gill Jr, Frances Hyland; Camera Jack Marta; Editor Thomas Richards; Music Jule Styne, Harold Adamson

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 90 MIN.

With

John Carroll Susan Hayward Gail Patrick Eve Arden Dorothy Dandridge
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