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Hit Parade of 1943 (1943)

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82 min | Music, Romance

One of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit ...See moreOne of the many films made at Republic with a year attached to the "Hit Parade" title, which came from the "Hit Parade" radio program sponsored by Lucky Strike cigarettes. On reissue all of the entries underwent a title change from "Hit Parade of 19??" to, usually, a title of a song contained in the film, as happened in the case of this film when it was reissued as "Change of Heart" in 1949, and not known under that title until 1949. Not reissuing the film under the original title of "Hit Parade of 1943" had a two-fold purpose; the audiences of that era were not much interested in seeing a film twice, and a changed title-even when the original title was clearly shown in (very) small print in the ads and on the posters---had a chance of being seen again by that segment of the ticket-buying public who didn't read the small print. The plot here is just a trifle---Susan Hayward ghost writes songs for composer John Carroll, whose charms evidently outweighed his song-writing ability---played in and around some great singing and dancing numbers by, for its time, a large number of black performers including Dorothy Dandridge, Count Basie, dancing by the great Jack Williams and the team of "Pops & Louie"(Albert Whitman and Louis Williams)and others, including Spanish dancer Chinita Marin, billed as Chinita. The song "Change of Heart", by Jule Styne and Harold Adamson, was Oscar-nominated, and also became the title of the film on 1949 reissue. Walter Scharf also was Oscar-nominated for Best Scoring of a Musical. Republic seldom got two nominations in any single year, much less two in the same film. Written by Les Adams See less
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Writers
Frank Gill Jr. (original screenplay) | Frances Hyland (additional dialogue)
Cinematographer
Jack A. Marta (photography) (as Jack Marta)
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Updated Mar 26, 1943

Release date
Mar 26, 1943 (United States)

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49 cast members
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John Carroll
Rick Farrell Rick Farrell   See fewer
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Susan Hayward
Jill Wright Jill Wright   See fewer
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Gail Patrick
Toni Jarrett Toni Jarrett   See fewer
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Eve Arden
Belinda Wright Belinda Wright   See fewer
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Melville Cooper
Bradley Cole Bradley Cole   See fewer
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Walter Catlett
J. MacClellan Davis J. MacClellan Davis   See fewer
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Mary Treen
Janie Janie   See fewer
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Tom Kennedy
Westinghouse Westinghouse   See fewer
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Astrid Allwyn
Joyce Germaine Joyce Germaine   See fewer
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Tim Ryan
Brownie May Brownie May   See fewer
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Jack Williams
The Harlem Sandman The Harlem Sandman   See fewer
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Dorothy Dandridge
Count Basie Band Singer Count Basie Band Singer   See fewer
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Albert Whitman
Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie) Dancer, Pops (as Pops & Louie)   See fewer
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Louis Williams
Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie) Dancer, Louie (as Pops & Louie)   See fewer
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The Music Maids
Singing Group Singing Group   See fewer
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Three Cheers
Speciality Act (as The Three Cheers) Speciality Act (as The Three Cheers)   See fewer
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Chinita
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The Golden Gate Quartette
Singing Group Singing Group   See fewer
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Freddy Martin
Conductor of the Freddy Martin Orchestra Conductor of the Freddy Martin Orchestra   See fewer
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Count Basie
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Ray McKinley
Conductor of the Ray McKinley Orchestra Conductor of the Ray McKinley Orchestra   See fewer
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Warren Ashe
Master of Ceremonies (uncredited) Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hooper Atchley
Man in Cab (uncredited) Man in Cab (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gary Breckner
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sally Cairns
Blonde (uncredited) Blonde (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gino Corrado
Kitchen Chef (uncredited) Kitchen Chef (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeanne Darrell
Music Maids member (uncredited) Music Maids member (uncredited)   See fewer
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Earle S. Dewey
Cook (uncredited) Cook (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dorothea Durham
Dancer in Harlem Sandman (uncredited) Dancer in Harlem Sandman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Madeline Grey
Woman in Cab (uncredited) Woman in Cab (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cordell Hickman
Small Black Child (uncredited) Small Black Child (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patt Hyatt
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Olaf Hytten
Waiter (uncredited) Waiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Jamison
Escort (uncredited) Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Milton Kibbee
Pastry Man (uncredited) Pastry Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alice Ludes
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Edwin Mills
Page Boy (uncredited) Page Boy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ernest Morrison
Heaven Air Pilot (uncredited) Heaven Air Pilot (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Newlan
Jim, the Doorman (uncredited) Jim, the Doorman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Niles
Announcer (uncredited) Announcer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Neva Peoples
Dancer in Harlem Sandman (uncredited) Dancer in Harlem Sandman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Joey Ray
Orchestra Leader (uncredited) Orchestra Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Grandon Rhodes
Escort (uncredited) Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Addison Richards
Mr. Demeling - Producer (uncredited) Mr. Demeling - Producer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Scott
Dancer in 'Harlem Sandman' (uncredited) Dancer in 'Harlem Sandman' (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nick Stewart
Willie (uncredited) Willie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philip Van Zandt
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Wally Vernon
Vaudeville Actor (uncredited) Vaudeville Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Denny Wilson
Music Maids member (uncredited) Music Maids member (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.5 / 10 | 88 votes