Pardon My Rhythm


1h 1m 1944

Film Details

Also Known As
Rockin' the Band, She Shall Have Music
Release Date
May 19, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a short story by Hurd Barrett (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Film Length
5,579ft

Synopsis

Teenager Jinx Page allows drummer Ricky O'Bannon's band to rehearse at her home for a national radio contest. Ricky's father Michael, who is upset that his son is spending his time playing in a band rather than working at the family drugstore, arrives at the Page home and insists on seeing Jinx's playwright father Tony. Despite Tony's objections, Jinx eases Michael's financial concerns by stating that her father has agreed to advance Ricky $100 toward his musical career. Afterward, upon the advise of his fiancée, Julia Munson, Tony decides to keep a closer eye on his love-struck daughter. Ricky's band wins the contest's state semi-finals after the drummer captures the audience's sympathy by pretending to collapse in hunger. Orchestra leader Bob Crosby is so impressed by Ricky's playing that he convinces his vocalist, Dixie Moore, to romance the teenager in order to get Ricky to join his band. Their plot works, and Ricky verbally agrees to a one-year contract with Bob's band. The jealous Jinx then convinces her father to romance the beautiful Dixie, and the teenager gets Dixie to break her date with Ricky by convincing Dixie that Tony is interested in casting her in his next play. That night, Ricky arrives at the nightclub to see Dixie with Tony and goes home brokenhearted. The next day, Jinx convinces Michael not to co-sign Ricky's contract with Bob, arguing that once Ricky's band wins the radio contest, his son will be worth "ten times" what the band leader is offering him. Later, Jinx arranges for Ricky to arrive at her home just in time to see Dixie rehearsing a love scene with Tony. Her ruse is complicated, however, by the unexpected arrival of Julia, who had been out of town on business. A jealous Bob also appears, closely followed by Michael and Ricky. A cool-headed Julia then forces Jinx to explain all, after which the upset Ricky vows never to play the drums again. The night of the national finals arrives, and despite the urgings of Tony, Julia, Bob, Dixie and Michael, Ricky continues to refuse to play. The band then shows up at the O'Bannon home and physically carries the drummer to the nightclub. In order to gain Ricky's sympathy, Gloria asks her friend, Doodles Beaver, to knock her unconscious, but Doodles accidentally strikes Ricky instead. The semi-conscious drummer is then placed on stage and begins playing on cue. Ricky's band wins the radio contest, and he is finally romantically united with Jinx.

Film Details

Also Known As
Rockin' the Band, She Shall Have Music
Release Date
May 19, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on a short story by Hurd Barrett (publication undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 1m
Film Length
5,579ft

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Rockin' the Band and She Shall Have Music.