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Rhythm Hits The Ice (1942)
Starring Ellen Drew and Richard Denning

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Republic's ongoing professional association with the celebrated "Ice-Capades" skating show yielded a number of flashy musicals, including 1942's Rhythm Hits The Ice. Though a plot is hardly necessary, the story concerns New England farm gal Ann (Ellen Drew), whose already-mounting debts are escalated when she inherits a near-bankrupt ice show. Her efforts to revivify this operation are regularly thwarted by a conniving promoter named Duke Baldwin (Harold Huber), who has already tied up all the best arenas for his own skating spectacular. But Baldwin's second-in-command Jeff (Richard Denning) falls in love with Ann and vows to see to it that her show will be staged, come heck or high water. Jerry Colonna goes through his customary zaniness as an eccentric would-be backer who turns out to be a phony, while Barbara Jo Allen again trots out her dizzy "Vera Vague" characterization. Foremost among the skating acts is Vera Hruba Ralston, who'd later be elevated to leading-lady status at Republic by her ardent admirer (and future husband), studio president Herbert J. Yates.
Director: Bernard Vorhaus
Writers: Bradford Ropes, Gertrude Purcell (screenplay)

Stars: Ellen Drew, Richard Denning, Jerry Colonna, Barbara Jo Allen, Harold Huber, Marilyn Hare, Bill Shirley, Vera Hruba, Megan Taylor, Lola Dworshak, Donna Atwood
Songs include:

After All
Music by Walter Scharf
Lyrics by Sol Meyer
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Also played during the grand ice production at the nightclub

The Guy with the Polka Dotted Tie
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sol Meyer

American Patrol
Music by F.W. Meacham
Played during Jackson & Lynam's act

Johnny Doughboy Found a Rose in Ireland
Lyrics by Kay Twomey
Music by Al Goodhart and Allan Roberts

Song of the Islands
Music by Charles E. King

Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by George R. Brown and Sol Meyer
Ellen Drew was borrowed from Paramount for this role, and Vera Hruba Ralston was signed to a seven-year contract with Republic immediately following the film. The film was designed as a follow-up to the successful 1941 film Ice-Capades; and both pictures capitalized on the popular touring ice show of the same name.
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