Review: ‘Riding High’

Lots of ingredients for a b.o. musical are in this one, and George Marshall makes the most of a rather flimsy framework. An ex-burlesque principal (Dorothy Lamour) lands back at her father's ill-fated silver mine out in Arizona when her show folds. She finds that mining engineer Dick Powell is also back after trying unsuccessfully to sell stock in same mine. Lamour takes a job at the elaborate Dude Ranch cabaret, run by Cass Daley, in order to help her dad.

Lots of ingredients for a b.o. musical are in this one, and George Marshall makes the most of a rather flimsy framework. An ex-burlesque principal (Dorothy Lamour) lands back at her father’s ill-fated silver mine out in Arizona when her show folds. She finds that mining engineer Dick Powell is also back after trying unsuccessfully to sell stock in same mine. Lamour takes a job at the elaborate Dude Ranch cabaret, run by Cass Daley, in order to help her dad.

Victor Moore fits snugly into the counterfeiter role, his droll witticisms being solid throughout. Opening poker game sequence, an oldie, is given a new twist, but is topped by the series of succeeding gags. Cass Daley makes the grade in her rough-‘n’-ready part of Dude Ranch owner, on the make for Moore. Her mugging is held to a minimum excepting in ‘Willie, the Wolf of the West’, comedy song-dance number, played with all stops out. Containing many bits from her vaude act, it’s a howl. Powell is Powell again, but managing to carry the romance with Lamour nicely.

Riding High

Production

Paramount. Director George Marshall; Producer Fred Kohlmar; Screenplay Walter DeLeon, Arthur Phillips, Art Arthur; Camera Karl Struss, Harry Hallenberger; Editor LeRoy Stone; Music Victor Young

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1943. Running time: 89 MIN.

With

Dorothy Lamour Dick Powell Victor Moore Gil Lamb Cass Daley
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