Footlight Serenade (1942)

  |  Comedy, Musical, Romance


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A boxing champ gets involved with a Broadway show and a shapely chorine...who's engaged to his new sparring partner.


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  • Betty Grable and John Payne in Footlight Serenade (1942)
  • Victor Mature and Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942)
  • Victor Mature and Mantan Moreland in Footlight Serenade (1942)
  • Victor Mature and Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942)
  • Betty Grable and John Payne in Footlight Serenade (1942)
  • Victor Mature and Betty Grable in Footlight Serenade (1942)

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25 December 2015 | AAdaSC
7
| Knockout musical
Heavyweight boxing champion Victor Mature (Tommy) wants his own stage show in which he can star. His gets something lined up with James Gleason (McKay) who gets continuously frustrated with Mature's ideas. No-one dares say "No" to Mature. Mature likes the look of chorus girl Betty Grable (Pat) so makes her understudy to lead Cobina Wright (Estelle). However, Grable has a boyfriend John Payne (Bill) who also gets a role in the show as Mature's boxing sparring partner. Things are set up for a showdown between Mature and Payne.

The songs and dancing in this film are all good and that is a pleasant surprise. There are also quite a few numbers performed and that helps save the narrative. Especially when you have the annoying Phil Silvers in a film. Mature's character is also pretty unpleasant and totally unrealistic as a boxing heavyweight champion – he displays way too much energy. However, the women are good in this and there are amusing moments even from Mature as a self-obsessed narcissist. John Payne is billed top but shouldn't be and he does fine in his role. It's an enjoyable film.

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