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Riding High(1943)

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The working titles of this film were Calgary Stampede, Canadian Capers and Ready Money. Hollywood Reporter news items reveal the following information about the production: When titled Calgary Stampede and Canadian Capers, the film was to have a Canadian background. In August 1942, second unit director Hal Walker was preparing to take a crew to Calgary to shoot the chuckwagon sequence and other exteriors. However, due to transportation difficulties, the trip was canceled and the story's locale was changed to Arizona. It is not known if Walker worked on the completed film. Paramount planned to use producer Harry Sherman as a technical advisor for the chuckwagon sequences, but his participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Some scenes were filmed on location in Chatsworth, CA.
       According to information in the MPAA/PCA Files at the AMPAS Library, the song "He Loved Me Till the All-Clear Came," by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer, was originally written for Cass Daley to perform in Paramount's 1943 film Star Spangled Rhythm (see below). Although the song was recorded in 1943, it was not included in that film. In addition, the file reveals that the PCA insisted that certain "sex suggestive" lyrics in the songs "You're the Rainbow," "Get Your Man" and "I'm the Secretary to the Sultan" be re-written. This film was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Sound Recording (Loren Ryder). In 1914, Paramount released Ready Money, which was also based on James Montgomery's play, directed by Oscar C. Apfel and starred Edward Abeles and Monroe Salisbury (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3644). Fred MacMurray starred with Rhonda Fleming in a May 12, 1952 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story.