The Hit Parade


1h 23m 1937

Brief Synopsis

Agent Pete Garland is fired by society singer Monica Barrett after he got her a new radio contract, because she thinks her lawyer friend Teddy Leeds fits in better with her social status. To get even, Pete wants to make an unknown singer into a star. He finds Ruth Allison, drives her hard through rehearsals and makes her a star. But she is worried about her past, something she hasn't told Pete: She's an ex-convict and jumped bail in order to keep her partners in crime out of it. Further she's in love with Pete, but feels that he's still carrying a torch for Monica. When Monica's popularity is decreasing, Pete is able to get Ruth a stint on the program, the result is Monica is fired and Ruth get her job, but Monica takes revenge by revealing Ruth's past. Ruth considers it is best for her to disappear before being arrested, but she has become a star in public opinion. Will she get Pete or will she go to prison again ?

Film Details

Also Known As
I'll Pick a Star, We're On the Air
Release Date
Apr 26, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
New York City--Bronx, New York, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Agent Pete Garland convinces advertiser Mulrooney and radio station owner J. B. Hawley to accept popular singer Monica Barrett's new contract, even though it is for double her previous salary. When Pete brings Monica the good news, however, he discovers that she is replacing him as her adviser with society lawyer Teddy Leeds, who also has the inside track on Monica's affections. That night, at a party Pete hosts for Monica, she makes it explicit that she is throwing him over for Teddy, whom she considers her social equal. The disappointed Pete then resolves to find another singer whom he will raise from obscurity to stardom. Pete begins his search with his friend, cowboy ventriloquiest Rusty Callahan, and after many fruitless stops, they go to a beer hall, where they hear Eadie White and Ruth Allison sing. Pete immediately knows that Ruth is the singer for whom he has searched, and signs her to a contract, despite some initial confusion when the girls think Pete is the parole officer who is pursuing Ruth. Pete drives Ruth hard in rehearsal, but it pays off when she is hired for a variety of jobs. Ruth is worried, however, that she will be found by the parole officer who has been searching for her since she was released from Joliet prison. Ruth had been incarncerated on a trumped-up charge and later, after being released, she jumped parole when the police demanded that she lead them to her accomplices. Ruth keeps her prison record secret from Pete, who is still mooning over Monica and does not realize that Ruth is falling for him. Meanwhile, Monica is steadily losing popularity due to her swelled head and refusal to sing anything but opera, and when she walks out on Mulrooney's show in a fit of pique, Ruth gets her big break. Pete arranges for Ruth to sing on Mulrooney's show and she is a hit, which prompts Mulrooney to hire her and fire Monica. The jealous Monica retaliates by telling the press about Ruth's past. Ruth disappears, and in a desparate effort to find her, Pete goes on the air with testimonials to praise her. Other big radio personalities pitch in, and soon Hawley's desk is overflowing with telegrams of support for Ruth. Mulrooney is treated like a hero for giving Ruth a break, and when she finally returns to the station and joins Pete on the stage, the parole officer finds her and gives her a pardon from the governor, who has received confessions from the real culprits. Rusty and Eadie happily embrace, while Pete and Ruth share a kiss to celebrate.

Cast

Frances Langford

Ruth [Allison]

Phil Regan

Pete [Garland]

Max Terhune

Rusty [Callahan]

Edward Brophy

Mulrooney

Louise Henry

Monica [Barrett]

Pert Kelton

Eadie [White]

Pierre Watkin

[J. B.] Hawley

J. Farrell Macdonald

Sgt. O'Hara

Monroe Owsley

Teddy [Leeds]

Inez Courtney

Tillie

William Demarest

Parole officer

George Givot

Nick

Sammy White

Sammy

The Gentle Maniacs

Tic Toc Girls

Carl Hoff And The Hit Parade Orchestra

Duke Ellington And His Band

Ivie Anderson

Eddie Duchin And His Orchestra

Molasses And January

Pick And Pat

Al Pearce And His Gang

The Voice Of Experience

Ed Thorgersen

Oscar And Elmer

Ranny Weeks

Singer

Edith Dick

Singer

Johnny Arthur

Success story teller

Stanley Fields

Bedtime story man

Kathleen Howard

Mrs. Barrett

Rita La Roy

Woman ex-convict

Roy Smeck

Radio artist

William Newell

Burt Ambrose

Harvey Clark

Mr. Barrett

Otto Fries

Major domo

Emmett Vogan

News commentator

Eddie Kane

Proprietor

Grace Hayle

Cooking expert

Princess Luana

Hawaiin solo dancer

Galante And Leonarda

Dance team

Wedgewood Nowell

Ticket seller

Maxine Frances

Gypsy accordionist

Jerry Fletcher

Sound mixer

Harry Anderson

Taxi driver

William Jeffrey

Doctor

Dagmar Oakland

Nurse

Harry Tracy

Mulrooney's chauffeur

Harry Strang

First mug

Kit Guard

Second mug

Kay Des Lys

Tough woman

Harry C. Johnson

Juggler

Phil La Toska

Juggler

Marie Astaire

Girl

Kathryn Sheldon

Haughty woman

J. Delos Jewkes

Amateur boy singer

James Farley

Sheriff

Francis Sayles

Small policeman

Jack Daley

Desk sergeant

Jac George

Jerry

Alphonse Martel

Headwaiter

Jack Egan

WBR announcer

Wynn Davis

Opera singer

Ray Taylor

Yodeler

Johnnie David

Female impersonator

June Gittelson

Fat girl singer

Carleton Young

Radio announcer

Film Details

Also Known As
I'll Pick a Star, We're On the Air
Release Date
Apr 26, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Location
New York City--Bronx, New York, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was We're On the Air. The picture was later re-edited and released under the title I'll Pick a Star, which is the version that was viewed. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, the production was budgeted at $500,000, which made it the most expensive Republic film until that time. Hollywood Reporter news items noted that Ralph Staub supervised the filming of Eddie Duchin, Ed Thorgerson and some of the other radio acts that was done at the Biograph Studio in New York in late January 1937. Although contemporary news items indicate that Andre Kostelanetz, Peggy Bernier and Ben Grauer were to be in the cast, their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed. Some contemporary sources call George Givot's character "Herman," but in the film he is referred to as "Nick." This was the last Republic film produced by Nat Levine, who had been with the studio since its inception in 1935. Republic took the film's title from the popular radio show Your Hit Parade, which ran from 1935 to 1959. A television version of the program, also titled Your Hit Parade, ran from 1950 through 1959, with a one-season revival in 1974. Republic made four other films with the "Hit Parade" format: The Hit Parade of 1941, The Hit Parade of 1943, The Hit Parade of 1947 and The Hit Parade of 1951.