Holiday Rhythm


60m 1950

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 13, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
5,380ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

At KTTV studios in Los Angeles, Larry Carter and his fiancée Alice are auditioning a new television variety show for potential sponsor E. E. Byrd, president of Byrd International Airlines, and his assistant Klaxon, neither of whom appear to be enthusiastic about Larry's ideas. Larry then proposes a show highlighting various world travel locations but Byrd and Klaxon reject that idea. When Larry backs up against a cabinet, he knocks himself out and "dreams" of a round-the-world flight with Alice. First stop is Ireland, where they encounter a singing telegram boy who performs a tap dance routine. Klaxon shows up in the dream as their guide and, wearing a pilot's uniform and carrying a blind man's white stick, announces that passengers for Paris should follow him onto the plane. In Paris, Klaxon, as a French official in a café, introduces Nappy Lamare's Straw Hat Strutters Dixieland band, who perform a number then accompany a comic Apache dance and a song and dance routine with two sets of twins. Klaxon then performs a soft shoe dance. Next stop on the imaginary flight is Holland, where an ice skating troupe, led by George Arnold, perform. In London, Klaxon, posing as a Cockney, introduces a comedy sketch, set in a hospital operating room, featuring himself, Tom Noonan and Peter Marshall. Larry, Alice and Klaxon next find themselves in the Swiss Alps then in Rome, where they watch Bill Burns and his bird act, in which parakeets and finches perform tricks on miniature tightropes, mechanical horses, planes and toy trains. After Larry sings "Lost in a Dream" as he dances with Alice, they find themselves lost in a desert, where Klaxon tries to sell them soft drinks and they meet Tex Ritter, Gloria Grey and The Cass County Boys, who are part of a USO unit that is unaware that World War II is over. Klaxon reappears to introduce The Four Moroccans, an acrobatic tumbling act, then he, Larry and Alice as Caesar, Marc Antony and Cleopatra, respectively, perform "I'll Think It Over." The trio next find themselves on a Pacific island, where they witness a Hawaiian singer, a sword dancer, and a female toe dancer who dances on a drum. The next performer is a Chinese plate, ring and ribbon twirler. In his dream, Larry and Alice feel that they still need a great novelty act for their show, so Klaxon introduces a sketch in which a rocketship captain, navigator, nurse and a stowaway shoe salesman find themselves marooned on a planet from which only three can return and must decide who will be left behind. Back on earth, the Chuy Reyes mambo orchestra performs and accompanies acrobatic dancers. Larry recovers from his concussion to discover that Mr. Byrd really liked their original audition show and agrees to sponsor the program.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 13, 1950
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Lippert Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Lippert Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Film Length
5,380ft (6 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Holiday Rhythm was offered to exhibitors in both sixty and seventy minute versions. The viewed print ran approximately sixty minutes. The content of the additional ten minutes of the seventy minute version has not been determined, although the numbers "Concerto in Blues" and "Lonely Little Music Box" which were credited onscreen, were not heard in the viewed print and May have been in the longer version. Although the copyright cutting continuity lists Carol Deane as the toe dancer, Regina Day is credited onscreen and in two reviews. KTTV was an actual Los Angeles television station. A New York Times news item reported that Holiday Rhythm was shot in three days at a cost of $45,000.