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Hit Parade of 1947

(aka as High and Happy)


Republic Pictures Corporation

Production Dates: late August to mid-October 1946

Release Date: 1947 03 22

Running time: 88 or 90 min.

Key book (production) number: 1491

Screen play by Mary Loos from an original story by Parke Levy

Directed by Frank McDonald 

Songs by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, with additional songs by Tim Spencer, Jack Meakin and Foster Carling.

Plot Summary
Production and Publicity Stills


Introduction: (THE SCREEN IN REVIEW A.W. Published: May 5, 1947)

        Chances are that "Hit Parade of 1947," which began a stand at the Gotham on Saturday, will not grace any of the "best ten" lists this year. But despite the lack of grandeur to which such offerings seem heir and without those so-called "box-office names" apparently common to musical comedies, Republic's newest annual entry in its musical series evolves as a sprightly and satisfactory entertainment. Thanks for this is due largely to a batch of engaging tunes and a group of engaging and earnest performers who manage to offset the shortcomings of a highly transparent and often banal story.
        Eddie Albert underplays the role of the over-confident tune-smith convincingly and, though he is reportedly singing for the first time in films, does well by some of the items penned by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson. Constance Moore, as his girl friend, handles her vocal and dancing chores neatly in the picture's sole production number, "Chiquita From Santa Anita."
        Joan Edwards of the radio, who is no stranger to the real Hit Parade programs and who is making her screen debut, adds professional polish to the film's top songs, "It Could Happen to Me" and "I Guess I'll Have That Dream Right Now," while Gil Lamb, as her partner in love and a pantomimist who is easy to view, takes care of the meagre comedy routines.
        Woody Herman and his orchestra and Roy Rogers and his Western entourage also come in for a musical lick or two. It's just too bad the script doesn't measure up to all this effort.



Cast: (NY Times)

Kip Walker . . . . . Eddie Albert
Ellen Baker . . . . . Constance Moore
Joan Edwards . . . . . Joan Edwards
Eddie Paige . . . . . Gil Lamb
Rod Huntley . . . . . Bill Goodwin
Harry Holmes . . . . . William Frawley
Serial Director . . . . . Richard Lane
Mr. Bonardi . . . . . Frank Fenton
Small . . . . . Ralph Sanford
Sammy . . . . . Frank Scannell
Announcer . . . . . Knox Manning
Announcer . . . . . Del Sharbutt
Radio Station Assistant . . . . . Chester Clute
Specialty Dancer . . . . . Albert Ruiz
Cooper . . . . . Harland Tucker
Woody Herman and his orchestra; Roy Rogers and Trigger, and Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers.


Chiquita from Santa Anita
Is There Anyone Here from Texas?
I Guess I'll Have That Dream Right Away
Couldn't Be More in Love
The Customer is Always Wrong
The Cats Are Going to the Dogs
Brooklyn Buckaroos
Out California Way (J. Meakin / F. Carling)

Plot: (THE SCREEN IN REVIEW A.W. Published: May 5, 1947)
        It is a yarn about a struggling songwriter, who, in teaming with three other artists to form a night-club act, falls in love with one of them—the lady whose attributes get the team booked in the movies. But our hero, as well as two other members of the foursome, leave Hollywood when they learn the film producer signed them only to get the beautiful singer.
        Back in New York, the comic becomes a top-flight star; his girl clicks in radio, winding up as the vocalist on the Hit Parade, and the song-smith, still deep in the anguish of a lost love, gets his numbers published and sung on that Hit Parade. And, in case it hasn't become obvious, the Hollywood star and fourth member of the original happy rectangle, comes back from the coast to rejoin her unhappy composer.

Production and Publicity Stills



"Brooklyn Buckaroos" (?)



Courtesy of Fred Sopher


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