"Hit Parade of 1943" was later re-titled "Change of Heart", though changing the title did nothing to improve this second-rate bit of fluff. Although it stars Susan Hayward, this was before she became a top star and the film is clearly a case of her slumming it at Republic Studios. Her co-star is the equally non-famous John Carroll--who, as usual, plays a bit of a slime-ball.
Hayward plays a song writer who is supposed to be quite smart and a tough cookie as well. So, when she meets up with a slimy song writer (Carroll) and he steals her music, you assume she'll make sure to get her revenge. So far, so good. However, soon she falls in love with him and all is forgiven--although he's clearly a jerk who's made a career out of stealing other people's work! I HATE films that feature supposedly smart women acting like total idiots--and that certainly is the case here. What will happen with this budding love--especially when Carroll's OTHER woman makes an appearance? Who cares.
The only thing about this film that is worth seeing is the big musical number featuring some top Black entertainers of the era--including Count Basie and a young Dorothy Dandridge. The plot, in contrast, is a complete mess--and never comes close to being engaging or believable in any manner. A bad film redeemed, very slightly, by the music.
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