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213. STAR SPANGLED RHYTHM


Film


Music: Music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Musical Director: Robert Emmett Dolan, assisted by Arthur Franklin.

Choreography: By George Balanchine (THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC) and Danny Dare.

Production: Paramount Pictures. Produced by Joseph Sistrom. Directed by George Marshall. Screenplay by Melvin Frank, George S. Kaufman, Norman Panama, Arthur A. Ross, and Harry Tugend. Cinematography by Theodor Sparkuhl and Leo Tover. Film editing by Paul Weatherwax. Art direction by Hans Dreier and Ernst Fegté. Scenery by Stephen Seymour. Costumes by Edith Head.

Cast: Pop Webster, Victor Moore; Polly Judson, Betty Hutton; Johnny Webster, Eddie Bracken; and others. Stars playing themselves in the benefit performance scene include Vera Zorina, Katherine Dunham, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred MacMurray, Franchot Tone, Ray Milland, Dorothy Lamour, Paulette Goddard, Mary Martin, Dick Powell, Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, William Bendix, Jerry Colonna, Susan Hayward, Cecil B. De Mille, Arthur Treacher, Eva Gabor, Sterling Holloway, Preston Sturges, and others.
THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC (sung by Johnny Johnston): Vera Zorina.

Note: 'That Old Black Magic,' with music and lyrics by Johnny Mercer, was written especially for Zorina's number. Balanchine, in addition to providing choreography, was its 'dance director,' meaning that he directed the shooting and editing.

Video/DVD: 1999, MCA Home Video.

Released: 1942

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