Stars on Parade


1h 3m 1944

Film Details

Also Known As
Calling All Stars
Release Date
May 25, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
5,651ft

Synopsis

Dance team Danny Davis and Dorothy Dean are discouraged by their inability to find work in motion pictures, and confide their disappointment to Billy Blake, assistant to the head of Mamoth Pictures. When Billy tells them that there is not enough time or money to test all the talent in Hollywood, Danny and Dorothy decide to conduct their own auditions in a vacant salesroom at an automobile agency and present the best talent in a showcase for producers. Swamped by hopefuls, Danny and Dorothy are overwhelmed until they hear the inspired singing of the Golden Slippers. Exhausted, Danny returns home to his boardinghouse, where he is accosted by two drunks weaving across his path. After thoroughly exasperating Danny, the two suddenly sober up, introduce themselves as Frank and Jean Hubert and explain that the drunken act was part of their stage routine. Fatigued after a second day of auditions, Danny and Dorothy go to a cabaret to relax. There, Jerry Browne, an assistant director, extolls the virtues of singer Judy Clark. As pressure on the pair continues to mount, Danny accepts the help of socialite Nan McNair, who offers to publicize the event as a benefit. One day, as Danny and Dorothy are rehearsing their own dance number, Billy comes to their headquarters with the news that the studio has decided to lend them sets and equipment. They are interrupted when an untalented girl arrives to audition. When Dorothy convinces the girl to abandon show business and return home to her sweetheart, Billy is so impressed by her persuasive powers that he tells her she should stop dancing and become an actress. Offended by Billy's suggestion, Dorothy upbraids him, and when he apologizes, she gives him an affectionate kiss. From the next room, Danny sees the kiss and, misunderstanding Dorothy's intentions, becomes jealous and goes to a nearby café to get drunk. During the final days of rehearsal, Danny simmers with unspoken jealousy. On the night of the big show, he refuses to perform and sarcastically assures Dorothy that her boyfriend Billy will make her a star. Overhearing the conversation, Jerry finds Billy and together they confront Danny in his dressing room. When he refuses to listen, Jerry knocks him out so that the makeup man can finish applying his makeup. While Billy pushes Dorothy onstage, Jerry convinces the now conscious Danny that the kiss was totally platonic. Danny then joins Dorothy onstage and they are greeted by thunderous applause. Some time later, Dorothy and Danny are viewing their new picture in the Mamoth Pictures projection room.

Film Details

Also Known As
Calling All Stars
Release Date
May 25, 1944
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Film Length
5,651ft

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was Calling All Stars. Although a Hollywood Reporter news item and a March 3, 1944 production chart credit Will Jason with direction, a March 10, 1944 production chart lists Lew Landers as director, and Landers receives sole credit in Columbia production materials and reviews.