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Pardon My Rhythm (1944)
Starring Gloria Jean and Patric Knowles

Beautiful print and will play in all DVD players.
This youthful musical follows the romantic travails of a group of talented high school students and their charismatic high school bandleader.
Director: Felix E. Feist

Writers: Val Burton, Eugene Conrad, Hurd Barrett

Stars: Gloria Jean, Patric Knowles, Evelyn Ankers, Marjorie Weaver, Walter Catlett, Mel Torme, Patsy O'Connor, Ethel Griffies, Jack Slattery, Linda Reed, Alphonse Martell, Bob Crosby, The Mel-Tones
Songs include:

I'll See You in My Dreams
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Gus Kahn

Spell of the Moon
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter

Do You Believe in Dreams?
Written by Don George, Irving Bibo and Al Piantadosi

Drummer Boy
Music and Lyrics by Mel Tormé

Shame on Me
Music by Grace Shannon
Lyrics by Bill Cargo

Very Often on My Face
Music by Grace Shannon
Lyrics by Bill Cargo

You've Got to Hand It to the Band
Written by Inez James and Sidney Miller

"Pardon My Rhythm" was one of the many "hep" musicals that Universal made during the war years of the forties. These movies, which were aimed towards the teen crowd, were about an hour in length and were generally short on story and plot, while being long on comedy and music. In the case of "Pardon My Rhythm", Universal managed to do everything well, and a lot of entertainment is packed into that hour.
The storyline is wild to say the least: a teen swing band competes in a contest. A band leader (Bob Crosby) notices the talent of the drummer (Mel Torme in his second movie) and schemes to hire him by using a singer (Marjorie Weaver) to lure him away. The drummer's girlfriend (Gloria Jean) knows that losing the drummer will ruin the teen band's chances of winning, so she launches her own scheme to disrupt the band leader's plan by having her father (Patrick Knowles), whose fiancée (Evelyn Ankers) is out of town, lure the band leader's singer away from the drummer. Sound complicated enough? It gets hairier from there. The story is actually well-written and well-acted, enough so that it could almost survive on its own and fill the full hour if no other entertainment were offered.
I wanted to see more of the jive jabbering old landlady (stage veteran Ethel Griffies) who is the funniest part of the film. Walter Catlett also has a few amusing moments as Torme's father.
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