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I'll Reach For A Star: The Hit Parade


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  • Actors: Frances Langford, Phil Regan, Max Terhune, William Demarest, Louise Henry
  • Directors: Gus Meins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Alpha Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0031XYLMG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,408 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Arrogant radio singer Monica Barrett dumps talent agent Pete Garland in favor of conniving society lawyer Teddy Leeds. Pete is determined to win his client back by making a radio star out of singer Ruth Allison, who has spent time behind bars. The scheme works, and the charming newcomer instantly wins over the public. She is courted by a local radio station to replace Monica. But the diva has no intention of giving up her throne without a fight and threatens to expose her rival's prison record to the press.

Popular radio singer Frances Langford's film debut in Every Night at Eight (1935) saw her introduce the song "I'm In the Mood for Love," which became her trademark. Touring with Bob Hope, she entertained our troops during World War II and her success on the radio, in the movies and on TV continued into the mid-1950s. Originally released as The Hit Parade, I'll Reach For A Star was the most expensive Republic Pictures production until that time. The amazing talent roster includes Carl Hoff and the Hit Parade Orchestra, Duke Ellington and his band with vocalist Ivie Anderson, and bandleader Eddy Duchin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2010
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ALPHA VIDEO offers bargain priced, often hard-to-find vintage movies that are ideal for those willing to skip DVD extras. Their transfers show no evidence of restoration, so quality varies from one title to the next, with "fair to good" being the average.

I'LL REACH FOR A STAR is dubbed from disappointing elements. Sound is OK but the source film is clearly in decay. Picture has too much contrast, with light areas washed out. Some faces are eyes without features. You can't see white ties or collars wth tuxedos, and so on. Really a shame, for this is otherwise well-worth the investment of an hour.

SYNOPSIS--
Extravagant REPUBLIC musical with a huge cast and two famous Duke Ellington numbers. Tepid comic relief from Terhune and his ever-present ventriloquist's dummy, Elmer. Features a dozen songs, lots of great stage acts and a plot that's of little consequence, as this one's all about the talent on display. For fans of 1930s music a must-see.

Parenthetical number preceding title is a 1 to 10 imdb viewer poll rating.

(6.4) I'll Reach For a Star ("Hit Parade of 1937") (1937) - Frances Langford/Phil Regan/Max Terhune/Edward Brophy/J. Farrell MacDonald/Bill Demarest/Duke Ellington orchestra/Eddy Duchin orchestra/Tic-Toc Girls/The Gentle Maniacs/Pick and Pat/The Hit Parade orchestra
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