|HOT RHYTHM (director: William Beaudine; screenwriters: Tim Ryan/Charles R. Marion; cinematographer: Ira Morgan; editor: Richard Currier; music: Edward Kay; cast: Dona Drake (Mary Adams), Irene Ryan (Polly Kane), Robert Lowery (Jimmy O'Brien), Sidney Miller (Sammy Rubin), Jerry Cooper (Tommy Taylor), Robert Kent (Herman Strohbach), Harry Langdon (Mr. Whiffle), Tim Ryan (O'Hara); Runtime: 79; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lindsley Parsons; Monogram; 1944)|
|"One needs a strong stomach to
this obnoxious musical comedy."
by Dennis Schwartz
needs a strong stomach to get through this obnoxious
musical comedy, that revolves around mistaken
identities in a Hollywood studio. It's inanely
directed by William "One Shot" Beaudine ("Where
There's A Will"/"Below the Deadline"/"The Miracle
Kid"). Tim Ryan and Charles R. Marion write
the inept screenplay.
O'Brien (Robert Lowery) and Sammy Rubin (Sidney
Miller) are ambitious but struggling partners, who
write radio commercial jingles. They work for the
hot-headed O'Hara (Tim Ryan), who owns the Beacon
Recording Company. Mary Adams (Dona Drake)
is the cutey who just arrived at the studio to sing
those jingles on the radio. When Jimmy literally bumps
into her in the workplace, it's love at first sight.
Trying to make an impression on her, Jimmy poses as a
songwriter. To make himself look like he's connected
to the big boys, Jimmy introduces her to Herman
Strohbach (Robert Kent),
manager of the Tommy Taylor band. The popular
nightclub band leader, Tommy (Jerry
Cooper), refuses to work with a female
lead singer, but Jimmy schemes with a way to change
that. He makes a demo for his boss O'Hara to listen
to Mary audition, using the live background sound
from the Tommy Taylor band. But the record company
boys down in duplicating think it's an actual
approved recording for Taylor and they
duplicate 10,000 copies that are released across the
country. This makes O'Hara liable for a big lawsuit
from Strohbach, that will put him out of business.
add comic relief, a scatterbrained Polly Kane (Irene
Ryan, the former wife of Tim), is promoted in an
emergency by the harried
bumbling office manager, Whiffle (Harry
Langdon, former silent star comedian),
from the mail room department to
immediately become O'Hara's private secretary when
his regular one suddenly quits. She's an incompetent
secretary and an aspiring singer.
Irene Ryan, the later Granny from
“The Beverly Hillbillies” enters the pic, it's all
downhill. Her hillbilly humor is a turn-off, and her
relentless cornball and childish comedy antics grow
increasingly tiresome. In the strained plot, Polly
inadvertently causes a mix-up and is thought to be
the mystery singer on the demo. This causes rivals
Strohbach and O'Hara to fight to sign her to an
unwarranted big contract.
Dona Drake sings three numbers, “Where Were You,” “Right Under My Nose,” and “You Gotta Talk me into it, Baby.”
Nothing funny or interesting ever happens. It's amateur filmmaking at its worse.
REVIEWED ON 1/26/2015 GRADE: C
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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